The ambitious Project Cheetah has received a major setback following the death of two more cubs. The cubs were born to the cheetahs brought in from Namibia.
Project Cheetah was implemented in September 2022. A team of experts, which had examined all the aspects of the project and submitted a comprehensive report, observed that twenty Cheetahs were successfully translocated to Kuno National Park.
The project was aimed at benefiting global cheetah conservation efforts by providing up to 100 000 km/square of habitat to the cheetahs. The plan also aimed at providing an additional 600 000 km/square of habitable landscape for the species.
The two cubs which died barely two months after their birth, took the death toll to six according to a report by the Times Of India. According to the preliminary reports, the cause of death was malnutrition.
In the wake of multiple deaths, wildlife activist Ajay Dubey demanded the removal of the State’s chief wildlife warden, JS Chouhan. A Cheetah Project Steering Committee has been set up by the National Tiger Conservation Authority to review the progress of the drive.
According to the report by the Times of India, a team of wildlife doctors and personnel monitored the remaining cubs and the mother, following the death of the first cub on May 23rd, 2023.
The officials also stated that the place is also experiencing a scorching heat wave as the maximum temperature is reaching 46-47 degrees Celsius. “The intense heat wave led the management and doctors to swiftly provide the cubs the treatment,” said an official release.