BHOPAL: The ambitious
in India suffered a significant setback on Friday as yet another
was found dead within the confines of Madhya Pradesh‘s Kuno National Park.
This marks the eighth cheetah death since the project’s inception on September 17, 2022, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The body of a sub-adult male South African cheetah, named ‘Suraj,’ was discovered by a patrolling team in the early morning hours, leaving authorities involved in the project in a state of shock.
This incident follows closely on the heels of the mysterious demise of a cheetah named Tejas.
Pending the postmortem report, officials remain in anticipation of determining the precise cause of Suraj’s death. Tejas, also a male South African cheetah, had previously succumbed to ‘traumatic shock’ at the tender age of five and a half years, weighing only 43 kg, well below the average weight range of 55-60 kg for cheetahs of similar age. Furthermore, Tejas’s internal organs were found to be in a severely compromised state.
Authorities point out that Tejas’s weight was considerably lower than that of an average male cheetah. Superficial external wounds were observed on the back of its neck, confined to the skin and lacking depth. No puncture wounds were discovered during the examination.
The repeated occurrences of cheetah deaths in the Kuno National Park raise concerns about the well-being and conservation efforts for these majestic creatures. Project Tiger’s goal to reintroduce cheetahs into the Indian wilderness now faces intensified scrutiny and urgent reassessment to ensure the safety and survival of these endangered species.