It seems that the funds required to set Project Cheetah in motion, about INR 5 crores from a total of INR 400 crores will not be allocated until the beginning of the financial year 2012.
This is really a bad start to the Project as it delays everything right from obtaining the import license, sending the officers to Africa for studying the Cheetah’s habitat to transporting the first instalment of animals to India.
Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary, the place where Cheetahs will be re-introduced is supposed to be ready for its guests. With villages already evacuated from the area, since the times Kuno was being considered for relocating the Gir Asiatic lions, the place requires only a few changes like solar fencing in order to house the Cheetahs.
While few scientists are still debating whether re-introducing the Cheetahs in India is a wise step, the prey animal count at Kuno has increased to almost eight times its size since the last decade according to WII (Wildlife Institute of India) research. They are now disturbing the ecological balance in the grasslands and if Cheetahs are introduced here, it will definitely help restore the balance.