One of the cheetah’s to be reintroduced in India has passed away

Posted on 28 March 2023 By David Henning

One of the cheetahs reintroduced to Kuno National Park in India as part of the country’s initiative to reintroduce the wild cat has passed away.

Credit: Charles. J Sharp/Wikimedia Commons

Sasha, a female cheetah, was one of eight brought from Namibia to the Country’s Kuno National Park in the state of Madya Pradesh in September 2022.

Read: South African cheetahs to be relocated to the heart of India

India intends to rehome 50 cheetahs over the next five years, sourcing most of the animals from Southern Africa after they went regionally extinct in the 1950s.

Sasha began showing signs of fatigue and weakness on Wednesday, 22 March and was reported to have developed a kidney infection.

Working with Namibian and South African experts, local veterinarians tried to treat it but could not save Sasha.

Kidney disease and renal failure can be especially detrimental to cheetahs, which are naturally delicate creatures. Although captive cheetahs are more prone to these conditions than their wild counterparts, the exact reasons are not fully understood,’ Namibia’s Cheetah Conservation Fund tweeted.

The other cheetahs in the park are reported to be healthy and well-adapted to their new environment.

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