Cheetahs from Namibia to be Introduced into Palpur-Kuno Sanctuary

The Palpur-Kuno sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh will see Cheetahs reintroduced by December of this year or early January of the next. The Cheetahs are to be introduced from Namibia. Conservationists from Namibia and India have visited the 344.86 sq km sanctuary and have worked out a strategy for the reintroduction. Shahgarh in Rajasthan is another site shortlisted for the reintroduction. However, locals there have opposed the relocation. Palpur-Kuno was also shortlisted for translocation of lions from Gir sanctuary. However, Gujarat has opposed the move and so the translocation is still pending. The State Forest Minister has said that Lions and Cheetahs are capable of co-existing in Palpur-Kuno.


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