The special cargo flight carrying eight cheetahs from Namibia is expected to arrive in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh early Saturday. The felines will be released in special enclosures in the state’s Kuno National Park (KNP) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday morning, officials said. Today also happens to be PM Modi’s birthday.
Three of the cheetahs will be released in quarantine enclosures of the park at around 10:45 am today by the Prime Minister, they said. The flight carrying eight cheetahs and crew left Windhoek, the capital of Namibia in Africa, at around 8:30 pm (Indian time).
After completing necessary formalities, including paperwork, at Gwalior the cheetahs will be flown to Palpur village, some 165 km away, in Sheopur district in two helicopters, a Chinook and a Mi category chopper, he said. From Palpur, the felines will be brought to Kuno National Park (KNP) in Sheopur district by road, Chauhan said.
(With inputs from agencies)