Two cheetahs have been released into the wild in MP Kuno National Park Bhopal News

BHOPAL: Two Namibian cheetahs – Oban and Aasha – have been successfully released into the wild. Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh’s Sheopur district on Saturday.
The original plan was to release the two cheetah brothers, Elton and Freddie, also known as The Rockstars, but officials have been unable to capture Elton in a massive hunting spree since November last year.
A Special Task Force (STF) set up by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to monitor the introduction of cheetahs in Kuno National Park and other suitable designated areas decided to release ‘Oban and Aasha’ in the first phase as they were then mating.
Their movements are monitored 24 hours a day by local state forest department staff with the help of a cheetah research team. Any animal that ends up in a hostile environment will be returned, officials said.
Aasha is a wild female cheetah caged on a farm adjacent to the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) center in Otjiwarongo, Namibia in July 2022.
He was released on CCF property, but was recaptured two months later at the same neighboring farm.
On Saturday, September 17, Indian Prime Minister Modi was given the honor of naming this Namibian cheetah in honor of his birthday. Prime Minister Modi chose the Indian name Aasha, which means “hope”.
Cheetah Asha was also thought to be pregnant when she was transferred from Namibia to Kuno, but according to the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), she lost the embryos due to stress.
After being caught in the wild, initial medical tests showed signs of the embryos, but its status remained unclear even after it was brought to Kuno in the absence of testing facilities and protocols.
They hypothesize that the miscarriage occurred due to the stress often experienced by cheetahs early in pregnancy.
Oban is a male cheetah born in March 2018 at Erindi Private Game Reserve. His mother was also born in Erinidi Sanctuary and his mother was a cheetah that CCF returned to the wild in Erinidi a few years ago.
The Oban is believed to be a second-generation, wild-born child of the restored female, a testament to the success of the reintroduction in Namibia.
What happens to the cheetahs released into the park? Cheetahs are very adaptable.
In parts of Africa where cheetahs are found, temperatures can be very hot during the day and very cold at night, and cheetahs can adapt to seasonal changes. Like India, Oban and Aasha struggle with heavy rains and wet seasons in Africa.
About 75 years ago, this species lived in India, so it can withstand many climatic conditions in Oban and Aasha Kuno National Park, officials said.
For hunting, cheetahs do well in open savannas and grasslands, as well as areas with moderate woody vegetation cover.
They benefit from tall grass or areas that allow them to remain undetected when stalking prey.
Habitat for release in India has been a key issue and experts working on the project believe that Oban and Sasha will do very well in India’s landscapes.
As Oban and Asha become more comfortable in their new environment, more cheetahs are released. They were monitored and controlled by radio telemetry.
Once all cheetahs are settled and home ranges/territories have been established, the frequency of house entry checks can be reduced to two to three per day and one good visual check on alternate days to check for health, condition and any signs of injury, he said. official.
Cheetah’s action plan recommends releasing GPS radio-collared males (called multiple coalitions) from their cages after an appropriate period of one to two months.
After exploring and exploring the available habitat, they were expected to establish a coalition territory and tended to return to the enclosure to meet females.
Officials believed that having females in the main enclosure would ensure that the males would not stray too far once their exploratory instincts were satiated. Remote location data from telemetry is set for 10-12 GPS locations per day reported daily via satellite/GSM communication.
Kuno NP management will be responsible for monitoring what is important for conservation and management, while the cheetah research team will oversee research, officials said.
The plan proposes to intensively monitor and manage the cheetah population in Kuno for at least 10 years with GPS/satellite collared adult cheetahs.
Research on all aspects of system recovery and interactions, including the ecology, physiology and behavior of cheetahs and their population trends, as well as their prey species, is undertaken by the Cheetah Research Group in collaboration with NTCA.

Leave a Comment