India welcomes new batch of 12 cheetahs to national park
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the new batch of 12 cheetahs in Kuno National Park.
Earlier, Indian Air Force's Mi-17 helicopters carrying the second batch of 12 Cheetah landed at their destination. Quoting a tweet by Indian Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav, the Prime Minister tweeted, "India's wildlife diversity receives a boost with this development."
The big cats made their journey in Indian Air Force's (IAF) C-17 Globemaster cargo plane.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan released the 12 cheetahs in Kuno National Park and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to conserve the environment is showing a path to the world.
The aircraft after a 10-hour long flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, landed at Air Force Station Gwalior on February 20.
Last year in September, eight cheetahs from Namibia were flown into India. The cheetahs are being brought to India as part of the Cheetah Reintroduction project on the basis of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the South African and the Indian governments.