Two cubs of Cheetah Jwala (formerly known as Siyaya) died on Thursday at the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Her first cub died on May 23.
According to ANI, the cubs died during monitoring while being in weak condition amid sweltering heat. The latest fatality took the death toll of cheetahs in KNP to six in the last two months, including three felines translocated from African countries.
Cheetah Jwala was brought from Namibia to KNP in Sheopur district in September 2022. She gave birth to four cubs in the last week of March this year.The monitoring team found on May 23 that the condition of her remaining three cubs was not good and decided to rescue them for treatment. The daytime temperature then was around 46-47 degrees Celsius, the release said.
The cubs were found severely dehydrated. Despite treatment, the two cubs could not be saved, it said. The condition of the fourth cub was stable, but it too was under intense treatment, it said.
Madhya Pradesh | Second cub of Cheetah Jwala died during monitoring while being in weak condition amid sweltering heat at Kuno National Park. Cheetah Jwala had three cubs. Her first cub died on May 23. https://t.co/tvo43BIIEf pic.twitter.com/xLbfAuBj0e
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Cheetahs were reintroduced in India, 70 years after the species was declared extinct.
At present, Kuno National Park is home to 20 cheetahs, including three cubs. Six cheetahs have been released into the wild, while 14, including the three cubs, reside in a larger enclosure spanning 6 square kilometers.
One of the Namibian cheetahs, Sasha, succumbed to a kidney-related ailment on March 27, while another cheetah, Uday, from South Africa, died on April 13.
Cheetah Cub Dies In Kuno National Park; Officials Say Was Weak Since Birth
Daksha, a cheetah brought from South Africa, died of injuries following a violent interaction with a male during a mating attempt on May 9.
Siyaya’s four cubs were born in the wild on Indian soil after the last cheetah was hunted in the Korea district of present-day Chhattisgarh in 1947.
In light of the limited space available in Kuno National Park, discussions are underway to potentially relocate some cheetahs to Rajasthan’s Mukundra Hills tiger reserve.
The Madhya Pradesh government is also preparing a secondary habitat for the cheetahs at Gandhisagar Wildlife Sanctuary, which is expected to be ready in four months. These measures aim to ensure better cheetah survival, with the possibility of transferring some individuals to Mukundra, where a fenced enclosure is already in place.