Are Leopards ,Tigers Menace To Cheetahs Coming To Kuno ?



There’s additional delay in Cheetah’s flight to India. Whether or not the delay is attributable to the specter of leopard presence contained in the Cheetah enclosures   ready in Kuno Palpur nationwide park of Madhya Pradesh or it’s a procedural delay in signing of MoU between South Africa and India.Although an MoU was already signed with Namibia on July 21 this yr , Cheetahs have but to be translocated from this south west African nation.

 Silence Over The Delay


Cheetah For Kuno

Riddled with controversies and considerations raised by environmentalists, the cheetah challenge has been within the information for incorrect causes proper from the start. Termed as a “self-importance   challenge “and an “costly mistake” by consultants like Ravi Chellam, the cheetah challenge has been opposed primarily for denying lion’s entry to Kuno that was ready for a second residence to the Asiatic lion amongst different conservation points. Firstly, in March this yr, Namibia wished India’s help for lifting a United Nations ban on business commerce of wildlife merchandise, together with ivory, for translocation of cheetahs to Kuno Palpur.  However after the MoU was signed with Namibia – the phrases and circumstances of that are nonetheless unknown- folks in India thought  cheetah can be airlifted quickly. The federal government can also be tightlipped each on the date of cheetah’s arrival and in addition the MoU points with South Africa. Professor Adrian Tordiffe College of Veterinary Science with the on the College of Pretoria (UP) informed thewildlifeindia, “Sadly we have now not been knowledgeable as to why the MoU has not been signed but. It appears that there’s only a parliamentary course of that must be adopted. I’m not conscious of any excellent considerations about what’s contained within the MoU from both the Indian or South African facet. I’m additionally not sure of how lengthy the method will take”.

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 In an earlier interview   on July 26 he had hoped, “If all goes to plan, we hope to have 12 cheetahs in India by August 15”. The College of Pretoria (UP) teachers are enjoying a lead function in driving the “reintroduction of untamed cheetahs into India, as a part of efforts to make sure the survival of the species”. The officers of the Union ministry of atmosphere forests and local weather change haven’t but give you any official purpose for the delay. They’ve additionally not but introduced some dates. Even the federal government of the state of Madhya Pradesh is totally in the dead of night. High officers of the wildlife wing of the state forest division have mentioned that  the centre was not “ preserving us abreast” with the  developments. Surprisingly, no state authorities official  or politician was current  on the ceremony when the  MoU was signed with Namibia. “ We weren’t invited”,  mentioned a prime bureaucrat within the state Secretariat.

 ” Leopards Are A Potential Menace” 

Cheetah Leopard comparison

When all this was occurring, there have been reviews of  the presence of leopards  inside the massive enclosure of  Kuno. 5 leopards barged into the  10 ft  excessive enclosure unfold round a 12 kms space. Within the first stage the  cheetahs would stay confined inside this enclosure  earlier than they acclimatize with the native circumstances.  A group of over 100 folks together with the native officers and  these from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII)  have been  making large efforts to  catch the noticed cat  however in useless. The park has a excessive inhabitants of leopards of about 9 to 10 per 100 sq. km, as per the 2018 leopard census by Nationwide Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). The elusive cats have to date evaded all of the traps after feasting on the kill that was saved inside it. Professor Adrian  mentioned, “ the leopards which can be nonetheless within the quarantine camps at Kuno do nonetheless should be eliminated earlier than the arrival of the cheetahs. I consider that an Indian group from the NTCA is at Kuno to seize and translocate the leopards. However the principle purpose for the delay within the switch of the cheetahs is the MoU that must be signed.” 

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He admitted “Leopards are a possible risk to cheetahs, particularly if they’re collectively in a comparatively small area just like the quarantine camps at Kuno. This may be an pointless danger.”  He mentioned that, “As soon as the cheetahs are launched they’ll after all need to compete with the leopards, however then they’ll have extra space to flee”. He additionally mentioned that “All of the cheetahs that we’re sending to Kuno come from reserves in South Africa which have leopards and in some instances lions too. So these animals are used to coexisting with different massive predators. This doesn’t imply that the leopards pose no danger to the cheetahs, however we really feel it’s a suitable stage of danger.” 

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In India a layman continues to be confused between a cheetah and a leopard primarily due to the spots on their coat. However the commonest distinction between these two animals is the patterns on their coat. At first look, it might seem like they each have spots, however in precise truth, a leopard has rosettes that are rose-like markings, and cheetahs have a strong spherical or oval spot form. Cheetah is understood for coursing whereas leopard is a stalker. Cheetahs have black “tear marks” that begin from the internal nook of their eyes, down their cheeks. Cheetahs purr, whereas leopards growl, snarl, hiss and roar every so often. As a member of the Massive 5, leopards are fierce predators. Cheetahs hunt in the course of the day, whereas leopards hunt at night time. After a kill, cheetahs usually drag their prey throughout land to a secluded space to eat. Briefly, a leopard is stronger than Cheetah and should kill  it in case of an encounter.  

 Tiger , Leopard And  Cheetah   

Tiger eating leopard in Ranthambore

There’s one other concern. Kuno is a useful tiger hall and there was a historical past of tigers from neighbouring Ranthambore reaching Kuno. At one stage presence of the tiger was  one of many greatest considerations of Gujarat when the problem of  lion translocation was mentioned. There have been many events when tigers cross migrate to Kuno from neighbouring Ranthambore the place  there was a current report of tiger killing a leoprd and consuming it too.  The entire wildlife equation goes to vary as soon as the cheetahs land Kuno. However Adrian mentioned, “   Cheetahs are very adaptable animals. In southern Africa, they inhabit all kinds of habitats, from dry, scorching desert areas to wetter grasslands, savannah woodlands and bush -veiled thickets. Kuno has fairly a mix of various vegetation varieties. I’m sure the cheetahs will shortly adapt to the brand new atmosphere there.”   

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Concerning tiger presence,  Adrian mentioned, “ Cheetahs existed in India for 1000’s of years with tigers and leopards, so this won’t be a totally new state of affairs. Though tigers can transfer to Kuno, just one or two have carried out so in current historical past. I do not anticipate that many tigers will ever transfer by Kuno, however even when they do, keep in mind that cheetahs have lions to cope with in southern Africa.”  “In South Africa, lions and leopards do kill cheetahs sometimes, however this has by no means been a significant risk to the cheetah inhabitants right here”, he added.

Cheetah photographs shared by Professor Adrian Tordiffe, Cheetah Leopard picture sourced from  and Tiger consuming leopard from Harsha Narasimhamurthy 


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