Cheetah died of kidney disease in Kuno National Park

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Cheetah died of kidney disease in Kuno National Park

A cheetah named Sasha, brought from Namibia, died on March 27 due to kidney disease.

An Overview of the News

  • Sasha was one of eight cheetahs relocated to Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh on 17 September.

  • This female cheetah was four and a half years old.

  • Sasha's creatinine level was very high, indicating poor kidney function.

  • Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) - J.S. Chauhan

Important Point

  • The first batch of cheetahs translocated from Namibia to India were released on 17 September at Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh.

  • The cheetahs (5 females and 3 males) were brought from Namibia in Africa as part of 'Project Cheetah'.

  • It was the first time in the world that a large carnivore was translocated from one continent to another.

About Kuno National Park

  • It is a protected area located in Madhya Pradesh, India, named after the Kuno River.

  • It was established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1981 with an initial area of 344.686 km (133.084 sq mi) in Sheopur and Morena districts.

  • In 2018, the Kuno National Park was given the status of a national park and is part of the Khathyar-Gir dry deciduous forests ecoregion.

  • Kuno National Park was selected as a possible site for the Asiatic Lion Reintroduction Project, which aimed to establish a second lion population in India.

  • Between 1998 and 2003, approximately 1,650 residents of 24 villages were resettled to sites outside the protected area to make way for the project.

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