Death of 6 cheetahs including 3 cubs raises questions in Kuno, now South African expert suggests measures

Cheetah Death: Two cubs of female cheetah Jwala, brought from South Africa in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park, have died on Thursday (May 25). One cub of Jwala had died (on 23 May). The female cheetah gave birth to four cubs about two months ago. That is, out of four children of Jwala, three children have died so far. Even before this, three big cheetahs brought from South Africa had died in Kuno National. In such a situation, a total of six cheetahs have died so far.

South African wildlife specialist Vincent van der Merwe expressed concern over the death of cubs and said that India should fence two to three cheetah habitats, as attempts to resettle cheetahs in unfenced sanctuaries have never been made in history. Have not been successful. Van der Merwe said more deaths are expected in the coming months during the cheetah reintroduction project as the cheetahs try to establish territories in Kuno National Park and encounter leopards, tigers .

Project has been implemented to rehabilitate cheetahs

Van der Merwe, closely associated with the project, said although the number of cheetah deaths so far is within an acceptable range, a panel of experts that recently reviewed the project did not expect male cheetahs to kill female cheetahs, according to news agency PTI. Will kill a South African cheetah while having sex. ‘Project Cheetah’ has been implemented to resettle cheetahs in India 70 years after they were declared extinct.

One of the Namibian cheetahs, Sasha, died of kidney disease on 27 March, while Uday, another cheetah imported from South Africa, died on 23 April. At the same time, Daksha, a female cheetah brought from South Africa, was injured due to violent behavior during an attempt to mate with a male cheetah and later died. Apart from this, a two-month-old cheetah cub had died on 23 May.

Create source reserve to fill sink reserve

Van der Merwe said that so far in history no project to reintroduce cheetahs to a sanctuary without a fence has been successful. There have been 15 such attempts in South Africa, which have failed every time. We will not advocate that India should put up fences around all its cheetah sanctuaries. We are saying that only two or three should be fenced and ‘source reserve’ should be made to fill the ‘sink reserve’.

‘Source reserves’ are such habitats, which increase the population of a particular species and provide good conditions. These areas have suitable habitat and favorable environmental conditions. On the other hand, ‘sink reserves’ are such habitats where there are limited environmental conditions and which are less favorable for survival and reproduction of a species. Apart from this, some of the increased population of ‘Source Reserve’ goes to ‘Sink Reserve’, then the population can remain in ‘Sink Reserve’ for a long time.

worst is yet to come

The Supreme Court has also expressed concern over the lack of space in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park and suggested relocation of cheetahs to other national parks. Has expressed concern and suggested to shift the cheetahs to other sanctuaries. He expressed the possibility of death of more cheetahs in the Kuno sanctuary in the next few months. Cheetahs will of course continue to establish their territories and fight with each other for their territories and female cheetahs will continue to kill each other. They will come face to face with leopards. Tigers are now roaming in Kuno. The worst is yet to come in terms of death.

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