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Cheetah Cubs Born in Boma , Do They Have Conservation Value ?

When Aasha gave birth to three cubs in one of the enclosures  of  Kuno national park - there was good news and bad news. The good news is that this is the second litter of cheetah on Indian soil after Siyaya, another Namibia cheetah, gave birth to four cubs in March 2023 and that the animal seems to have acclimatized further in India conditions. Birth in captivity will also enhance their chances of survival. The three newborns  from Aasha have also increased the number of cheetahs in India.  The bad news is that like Siyaya's cubs, they too are born within the confines of a boma and would not get the environmental conditions required to survive in the wild. They would also be reared up by Aasha in the enclosure -safe from predators like leopards. But what does this mean? Kuno Awaits Cheetah Birth in Open Forest Cheetahs were translocated to India with a purpose. The Cheetah action plan envisages saving, conserving and developing India's grasslands .The reason for choosing cheet

Tiger Poaching In Panna National Park


 Sorry again to begin the New Year on a negative note. In less than a month’s time, when wildlife lovers have not forgotten the gruesome incident of a tiger poaching and the images of the  tiger carcass hanging from a tendu tree, another tiger was killed. The December 7 tiger poaching had happened 20 kms away from the park this time  the tiger poaching has taken place right inside Panna national park. The  tiger was electrocuted in Kishenganj range of buffer zone of the tiger reserve.

Casual Appoach of Park Management   


The latest case of tiger poaching was reported on the intervening night of January 3 and 4. In fact a hyena was also electrocuted. It was a well built beautiful tiger that lost life right inside the park where poachers used the supply line passing from the park to kill the animal.  But more depressing was a statement of the park director, Brajendra Jha who said this was part of the birth of tigers and their death.  More tigers have been born in Panna tiger reserve than those who have died, he said without blinking an eye.  He also said that most of such incidents take place in the night but it was not possible to patrol all along the supply lines passing over the park.

Also readNo This Tiger Did Not Commit Suicide, Body Found Hanging Near Panna Tiger Reserve 

 The field director also said that the trap was laid for wild boar hunting but the tiger was killed. Even if the poachers intended  to kill a wild boar that too inside the park, it is something very serious and can’t be taken lightly. The park director hardly has any experience of wildlife conservation and management and it was perhaps his first such posting.  Unfortunately, there is a dearth of good officers in Madhya Pradesh who are interested in wildlife.

MP Lacks Green Army  


With the maximum number of 526 tigers , Madhya Pradesh also has the largest forest cover in the country, followed by Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra .The forest cover contributes 25.14% of the total geographical area of the state and is spread over 77493 sq km area, according to India State of the Forest Report 2021.  

Also readBefore Cheetah Came To Kuno,India Attempted To Clone Asiatic Species 

The state’s protected forest area is spread across 10 national parks and 26 wildlife  sanctuaries but there seems to be a shortfall of a dedicated green force to   protect  this wealth, admits a senior official of Indian forest service in this central Indian state. In  2009, Panna had  witnessed a catastrophe when all its tiger population was poached and the tiger became extinct from the park. It was followed by a successful tiger relocation programme . Presently, there are more than 70 tigers in Panna tiger reserve. Many of the big cats of the tiger reserve have to move out  to create territory  and when they do so, they are killed.

By Deshdeep Saxena

Images Courtsey Panna Tiger Reserve 

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Cheetah Cubs Born in Boma , Do They Have Conservation Value ?

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