Lingering questions before we move on from the cheetah story

Concerns around the number of cheetahs that Kuno can support and the relocation of people may haunt the project for years to come.

It has been a little over a month since Prime Minister Narendra Modi released eight African cheetahs into the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Or rather, into an enclosure within the park where the cheetahs will acclimatize to local conditions (the government is keeping male and female animals in neighbouring enclosures so that they get to “know each other” before release). Eventually, these cats will roam free in the over 700 sq. km park and beyond. The hope is that the population will grow to 21 or more individuals.

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Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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