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Jwala’s Jalwa, Delivers 4 Cheetah Cubs At Kuno National Park

Cheetah Staycation: Cubs Born at Kuno National Park

Namibian Cheetah “Jwala” embraces a staycation in Kuno National Park, giving birth to four cubs under India’s cheetah introduction project. While a joyous occasion, most project cheetahs remain in fenced enclosures rather than the wild.

Cheetah Cubs Arrival

Jwala’s second litter, born on January 20, follows a 10-month gap. Aasha, another cheetah, previously gave birth on January 3. The cubs, currently unnamed, are healthy and nourished under their mother’s care, according to Uttam Kumar Sharma, Director of Kuno National Park.

Project Background

Under the Cheetah Project, eight cheetahs, including Jwala, were brought from Namibia in 2022, with a second batch of 12 cheetahs from South Africa in 2023. The project aims to reintroduce Asiatic Cheetahs in India, where they are extinct.

Minister’s Recognition

Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav highlights the achievement on social media, praising the frontline warriors and wildlife lovers. A video of the newborn cheetahs is shared, celebrating the success of the Cheetah Re-introduction project.

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Challenges Faced

Despite the joy, the project faced challenges, including the recent death of Namibian cheetah Shaurya on January 16. The cause remains unclear, pending a postmortem examination. Previous challenges include Jwala’s earlier litter where three cubs succumbed to extreme heat.

Current Cheetah Population

The Kuno National Park hosts a total of 21 cheetahs, including six males, seven females, and the newly born cubs. Managing the cheetahs in India posed challenges, such as the unexpected development of winter coats during the Indian summer and monsoon.

Namibian Regulations

While Namibian regulations recommend a maximum three-month stay in a rehabilitation facility for captured large carnivores, India may not strictly follow these rules. Conservation experts stress the importance of early release to maintain wild instincts and overall well-being.

By Ankitaa Bal, Reporting for ‘True To Life’ from Kolkata

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