The special cargo plane – Boeing 747 painted with a tiger’s face – with the cargo of eight African cheetahs landed at Gwalior’s Maharajpur air base this morning. These big cats flown from the African nation Namibia are to be released in Kuno National Park by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of his 72nd birthday.
Watch l Unloading of Cheetah is taking now. They will be loaded in Chinook helicopter. Special Boeing flight with 8 Cheetahs land in Gwalior.#CheetahIsBack @moefcc @IndiainNamibia @CCFCheetah @tapasjournalist pic.twitter.com/1zatLjWAxh
— DD India (@DDIndialive) September 17, 2022
The eight cats – three males and five females – are being reintroduced in the country after they went extinct seven decades ago. These felines will be shortly flown in a Chinook helicopter to the KNP in Sheopur district.
First video of #CheetahIsBack on Indian soil. The big ‘cat plane’ in Gwalior airport carrying 8 Namibian Cheetahs that will become founders and explorers of a new Cheetah population in India at Kuno. @byadavbjp keep them safe pic.twitter.com/ifcwcVu3Rg
— Pallava Bagla (@pallavabagla) September 17, 2022
Of the eight, PM will release three of these African cheetahs into the KNP’s quarantine enclosures.