Two elephants in charge to protect cheetahs brought from Namibia. Here’s what they do

Two elephants, Lakshmi and Siddhnath, have been brought from Satpura Tiger Reserve to Kuno National Park for the protection of cheetahs brought from Namibia.

Both the elephants are now patrolling day and night with the security teams of the national park.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released eight cheetahs brought from Namibia into Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park on his birthday, September 17. The park management has made all the security arrangements for the big cats.

Now, two elephants from Satpura Tiger Reserve in Narmadapuram have been brought to the park for the protection of the cheetahs. The elephants, Lakshmi and Siddhnath, were brought to the park last month due to their experience.

These elephants played an important role in the rescue operation to drive away four out of five leopards that entered the special enclosure made for the cheetahs before their arrival.

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Both the elephants are now patrolling day and night with the security teams of the national park, along with monitoring the cheetahs.

Cheetahs to spend a month in quarantine

Cheetahs who arrived from Namibia to Kuno have to spend a month in quarantine in a special enclosure. Siddhanath and Lakshmi are monitoring the cheetahs present in these enclosures. Siddhanath and Lakshmi are also continuously patrolling along with the forest staff to ensure that no other wildlife comes in or around the enclosure.

Kuno National Park DFO Prakash Kumar Verma said that the 30-year-old Siddhnath is recognized in the state for the rescue operation of tigers. However, Siddhnath has a temper problem and had killed two mahouts in the year 2010.

Siddhanth has killed two mahouts

Siddhanth played an important role in controlling a tiger in January 2021. 25-year-old Lakshmi is of a very calm nature, but is expert in her work. Lakshmi has mastered the skill of jungle safari, rescue operation or jungle patrol.

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