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South Africa has signed a memorandum of understanding to send 12 cheetahs to Kono National Park.

World NewsIndia NewsSouth Africa has signed a memorandum of understanding to send 12 cheetahs to Kono National Park.

Bhopal: The South African government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to relocate 12 leopards to Madhya Pradesh’s Kono National Park (KNP), officials said on Wednesday. South Africa’s Environment Ministry signed the agreement after approval by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Kono had earlier received eight leopards — three males and five females — from Namibia on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday on September 17. There are 20 African big cats in the national park.

The animal will return to a wild enclosure in India, 69 years after the last recorded leopard hunt in Chhattisgarh in 1952.

Confirming the development, an official from South Africa’s environment ministry said: “We will share details once the official statement is released.”

An Indian government official said a team of experts will visit South Africa next month to assess the health of the 12 cheetahs, which are kept in quarantine facilities in two different locations – three in KwaZulu-Natal province. in K Fenda and in Roiburg in Neo Limpopo. Province – from July 2022.

While experts in South Africa have raised concerns about the 12 cheetahs’ ability to hunt on their own in the wild, an Indian official pointed out that cheetahs can adjust to new environments very quickly.

“We will conduct a detailed health check-up of the cheetahs before translocation,” the Indian official said, adding that South African experts would accompany the cheetahs in Kono to monitor their health.

A Madhya Pradesh forest department official said Kanu, which was home to Asiatic leopards 100 years ago, is preparing to relocate. “They will stay in the quarantine facility for a month before being shifted to a 10 square kilometer radius,” the official added.

Of the eight cheetahs imported from Namibia in September last year, none have been released into the wild so far. As of now, they are in a poacher-free zone of 6 square kilometers and are likely to be released soon, a forest department official said.

A 5-year-old female cheetah in Kano Park is sick.

Five-year-old cheetah Shasha, who was among the eight brought from Namibia to Kono National Park (KNP) on September 17, 2022, has fallen ill, an MP government official said. The official added that Shasha was found dehydrated in her 6 sq km enclosure and showed signs of kidney failure.

“A team of experts, veterinarians and doctors rushed to Kono National Park to treat him. He is being administered fluids under the guidance of cheetah experts from South Africa and Namibia. He had a light meal on Wednesday,” he said. MP’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife JS Chauhan said.

“His kidney is not healthy and his chances of living a healthy life in the wild are slim,” said a wildlife expert monitoring his health.


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