Missing female cheetah Nirva at Kuno traced

Bhopal, Amidst the despondency among Cheetah lovers of Madhya Pradesh, here’s some news that will cheer them up. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests-Wildlife and Chief Wildlife Warden has informed that with the help of dog squads and drone teams, a South African female cheetah Nirva has been successfully captured by a team of veterinarians.

Officials said Nirva is completely healthy and has been kept in Boma (enclosure) for check up. All 15 cheetahs including 7 males, 7 females and 1 female cub are healthy in Kuno National Park. All the cheetahs are kept in Boma. Their health is being monitored under the constant supervision of the team of Kuno veterinarians.

Nirva Cheetah was located on Saturday evening but could not be captured. Nirva appeared healthy and was moving. With darkness approaching, the capture operation was postponed until the next day.

Drone teams kept an eye on location of Nirva

Drone teams were given the responsibility of keeping an eye on the location of Nirva throughout the night, which the teams performed well. The operation was started from 4 am Sunday based on the location information provided by the drone teams.

Nirva was successfully captured after an operation that lasted for about 6 hours. Nirva was successfully captured by coordinated efforts of drone team, dog squad, elephant and mahout, field staff and officers and veterinarians under the direction of senior officials of Kuno National Park. Nirva is completely healthy and has been kept in Boma for medical check-up.

It is worth mentioning that on July 21 the location received from Nirva’s collar through satellite had stopped. Her search was going on continuously for about 22 days. The park management was engaged in the search for Nirva on a large scale. More than 100 management staff, including officers, employees, veterinarians and cheetah trekkers were engaged day and night in searching for Nirva in the entire possible area.

Apart from foot search parties in the area, 2 drone teams, 1 dog squad and available elephants were conducting a search operation to find Nirva. Searches were being conducted in about 15-20 Sq. KM area daily. After making the local villagers aware about Nirva, all the information received from them was being immediately tested and verified.

Meanwhile, on the evening of August 11, Nirva’s location was received through satellite. Immediately search teams were sent to the received location. During the day also, through satellite, other locations of Nirva were also received on August 12.

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