February 9, 2023
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“Milkha, Chetak, Vira”: Over 750 Names Suggested For Cheetahs In India

People have submitted names for the eight cheetahs that Prime Minister Narendra Modi released on September 17 in the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh, including Milkha, Chetak, Vayu, Svasti, and Twara. The ambitious Indian mission to save the big cat from extinction includes the import of the cheetahs from Namibia.

PM Modi requested that people participate in contests on the MyGov platform to offer names for the animals and the reintroduction initiative during his monthly radio address, “Mann Ki Baat,” on Sunday.

He added that it will take some time for the cheetahs to adjust to their new surroundings, and that when a task team has evaluated the situation, the government will decide whether or not to allow the public access to the park.

When would people be able to witness the cheetahs, PM Modi claimed he has been receiving letters from all around the nation. He asked people to participate in the name-suggestions contests for the cheetahs and the endeavour to reintroduce them on Tuesday. The contestants have a chance to win a trip to Kuno National Park to witness the cheetahs. October 26 is the deadline for submissions.

More than 750 comments have been made to the MyGov platform so far, suggesting names for the creatures include Veer, Pnaki, Bhairav, Brahma, Rudra, Durga, Gouri, Bhadra, Shakti, Brahaspati, Chinmayi, Chatura, Vira, Raksha, Medha, and Mayur.

More than 800 people made title suggestions for the reintroduction effort, including “Kuno ka Kundan,” “Mission Chitrak,” “Chirayu,” and “Chitwal.” 70 years after being proclaimed extinct in India in 1952 due primarily to coursing, sport hunting, overhunting, and habitat destruction, the cheetah has returned.

Eight cheetahs, five females and three males, were imported from Namibia and placed in quarantine at the Kuno National Park before being released by Prime Minister Modi.

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