The plane traveling to bring eight cheetahs from southern Africa had India’s national animal, the tiger, intricately painted on the front, a photo shared by India’s High Commission in Namibia showed.
“A special bird lands in the Land of the Brave to bring goodwill ambassadors to the Land of the Tiger,” read the caption accompanying the image.
— India in Namibia (@IndiainNamibia) September 14, 2022
Union Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav retweeted the post, saying: “India can’t wait to welcome these ‘goodwill ambassadors’. The whole country is waiting to hear their groans once again.” again decades after they fell silent in the country. .”
A malnourished female cheetah and two brothers who hunt together as a team are among eight big cats brought from Namibia to reintroduce the species to India.
The large carnivore completely disappeared from India due to its use for sport hunting, overhunting, and habitat loss. The government declared the cheetah extinct in the country in 1952.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to release the spotted feelines, five females and three males, at Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh on his birthday on September 17.
(With contributions from the PTI)
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