Decades after declaring cheetahs extinct from their Indian habitat, the Indian government last week formally reintroduced them from Namibia for the first time.
The aim was to revive their lost population and provide them with a suitable environment in India again.
Last week, eight cheetahs, five females and three males, were flown all the way from Windhoek in Namibia to the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in a customised cargo plane.
Upon their arrival at the state’s Gwalior airport, they were flown in a helicopter to Kuno National Park, their new home.
The felines were accompanied by biologists, wildlife experts and veterinarians during their transcontinental journey.
While the project appears quite challenging, the mission to revive the extinct species of cheetahs in India seems exciting at the same time.
The cheetahs were welcomed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who released them to Kuno National Park from the…