Cheetahs are super relaxed at Kuno National Park, have recovered from stress: CCF experts | Bhopal News


BHOPAL: Over 48 hours after being shifted to in MP, the eight Cheetahs have started adapting to their new home, shaking off the stress of the journey and the presence of so many humans in close proximity.
“It’s been a bit hectic. A lot of people are around the cheetahs. This makes them nervous, but things are finally settling down at Kuno. Today, there were fewer people coming than over the weekend, and more people returning home,” said an officer associated with the project.
CCF conservation biologist and cheetah specialist ELI Walker, who was preparing the dressed meat for the cheetahs, said: “There are two sets of bomas (enclosures). Sasha, Savannah and Siyaya, the three girls, are super relaxed. It took a bit of time to get people to leave all the cats alone, but we are finally there. I think. We will see in the coming days. The cheetahs ate well yesterday as well. Except for Tbilisi, but she’s just taking a bit longer to calm down from the move. This is typical behaviour for wild cheetahs.”
“Honestly, they look great. For cheetahs, this is a day at the beach – open grasslands, shade, food, veterinary care, supervision. it doesn’t get any better except when they go into the park, and they can run freely,” a CCF officer told TOI, adding: “It’d be exciting to see when they take.”
Tbilisi is a female cheetah around 2.5 years-old. Her mother was in the CCF cheetah rehabilitation programme and was successfully returned to the wild a little more than two years ago.
Tbilisi is from Namibia Erindi Private Game Reserve which is known for its involvement in cheetah conservation. This reserve also offers a protected home for cheetah rehabilitation.
Erindi and the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) started working together in 2000 with a project to regularly introduce rehabilitated cheetahs, mostly those that had been captured on farms hunting livestock, and who were therefore doomed under the ‘problem animal’ label, and others who were cubs that had spent their entire lives in human. The careful preparation was worth it, as they thrived after their release into the reserve.





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