Eight cheetahs are about to be transported to India’s Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh on a specially modified B747 jumbo plane. The jumbo plane has reportedly already landed in the Namibian city of Windhoek after all preparations were finished.

To transport peace messengers to the Land of the Tiger, an unique bird lands in the Land of the Brave, High Commission of India in Windhoek tweeted. On September 17, a cargo plane will transport eight cheetahs—five female and three male—to Jaipur in Rajasthan as part of an international translocation effort.

Helicopters will then transport them from Jaipur to Kuno National Park in the Sheopur area of Madhya Pradesh, where they will live permanently. On September 17, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday, these cheetahs will be released into the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. While cages can now be safely secured in the main cabin of the aircraft carrying the cheetahs to India, full access to the cats for veterinarians will still be possible throughout the journey.

It is painted with a tiger’s head on it. The aircraft is an ultra-long range jet with a maximum flight time of 16 hours, so it can go nonstop from Namibia to India without stopping for refueling, which is crucial for the cheetahs’ welfare. Cheetah will have to go on an empty stomach the entire time, a senior official in India’s forest department said on Tuesday.

Such a precaution is necessary because a lengthy voyage may cause animals to feel queasy, which can lead to other problems. The large carnivore was completely exterminated from India as a result of habitat degradation, overhunting, sport hunting, and the use of large carnivores in coursing. In 1952, the country’s authorities proclaimed the cheetah extinct.

Extinction from India

The final spotted cat died in 1948 in the Sal forests of Chhattisgarh’s Koriya district. The Namibian government contributed the first eight animals to start the Cheetah reintroduction program on July 20 of this year as a result of the Indian government’s efforts, which began in 1970s, to re-establish species in its historical habitats in the nation.

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