Van Mahotsav 2024
International Yoga Day 2024
World Environment Day 2024
World Wetlands Day 2024
Swachhata Hi Seva Campaign 2023
World Nature Conservation Day 2023 at Chhatbir Zoo on 28th July, 2023
E-Poster on Celebration of International Biodiversity Day 2023
Application Invited for Online Debate Competition on Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE) and Youth Parliament
Earth Day 2023 Celebrations
Celebrated World Wetland Day 2023 at Nangal Wetland
E-poster released on World Migratory Bird Day
Cheetah Campaign 26.09.2022 to 26.10.2022
Webinar on Celebration of Reintroduction of Cheetah
Cheetah introduction in India
Releasing E-Poster on World Honey Bee Day 2022
Releasing E-Poster on World Elephant Day 2022
Released E-Poster on International Tigers Day 2022
Alternatives to Single Use Plastic banned w.e.f. July 1, 2022
E-poster on Single Use Plastic
E-poster released on World Day to Combat Desertification 2022
E-poster released on International Day for Biological Diversity 2022
E-poster released on World Migratory Bird Day, 14 May, 2022
E-Poster on World Health Day 2022
Celebration of World Wildlife Day 2022
National Science Day 2022
Calendar of Celebration of Important Environment Days
Iconic Week of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav
International Polar Bear Day 2022
Webinar on World Ozone Day 2021
Webinar Series Threatened Flora and Fauna of Punjab
Webinar on World Environment day 2021
Webinar to commemorate “Van Mahotsav “ July 06,2021
Webinar on Awareness on Air Pollution at Amritsar
Webinar on Swachh aur Swasth Bharat k liye Swachh Hawa: Awareness on Air Pollution at Jalandhar
Webinar on Awareness on Air Pollution at Ludhiana
Webinar on Swachh aur Swasth Bharat k liye Swachh Hawa: Awareness on Air Pollution at Bathinda
Environment Film Festival on March 9-10, 2021
Swachhata Pakhwada 2020
World Environment Day 2020: “Time for Nature”
Green Skill Development Programme 2019-20
Certificate Course on “Para-taxonomy including Peoples Biodiversity Registers (PBR’s)” under Green Skill Development Programme - Last Date: November 30, 2018
International Day for the preservation of Ozone Layer
Earth Hour - India 8:30pm-9:30pm, 24 March, 2018
World Earth Day 2018
World Environment Day, 2019
World Wetlands Day 2018
WWF-India’s Wild Wisdom Quiz 2017
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Introduction:  India has the long history of wildlife conservation. One of the most successful wildlife conservation ventures 'Project Tiger' which was initiated way back in 1972, has not only contributed to the conservation of tigers but also of the entire ecosystem. The Project Elepahnt launched in the year of 1992 to protect and conserve the Asian elepahnts in India. Similarly, many successful reintroduction programs have been carried out in India. In continuation of this, the reintroduction of Cheetah which we have lost recently, is a one step ahead and a milestone in the history of wildlife conservation India.

Cheetah: Cheetah are the fastest land mammals, and have been documented as reaching speeds up to 110 km per hour. In the wild Cheetahs live for a maximum of 14 -15 years for females and 10-12 years for males. The gestation period is 90 days and litter size is 2-5 cubs. The Cheetahs weigh approximately 40-60 kg and smaller than common leopard.

Distribution:Historically, Asiatic cheetahs had a very wide distribution in Indiaextending from Gujarat passing through Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha in the south till Tamil Nadu.

Approximately 7,000 cheetahs are remaining in 9% of their global range. Cheetahs are found in 17 countries (Algeria; Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Central African Republic; Chad; Ethiopia; Iran; Kenya; Mali; Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; South Africa; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe)

Re Introduction: In order to revive the past glories and to restore the grassland habitats, the Government of India has decided to introduce the Cheetah, the only large carnivore species that went extinct in Independent India. The Cheetahs for release into the selected sites in India would be sourced from the African continent populations depending on the suitability and continued availability of animals. This international endeavour will not only strengthen the efforts for global conservation of the Cheetah but also the reestablishment of this species in its historical range. The Objectives of the reintroduction Cheetahs are as follows;

Re-establish the functional role of the Cheetah in representative ecosystems within its historical range. Here the cheetah will serve as a flagship to save not only its prey-base, but also other endangered species of the grassland and semi-arid ecosystems. Resources invested in these highly exploited and neglected systems will ensure better management and restore their ecosystem services for the country.

Contribute to the global effort towards conservation of the Cheetah as a species.

Additionally, Cheetah introduction is likely to improve and enhance the livelihood options and economies of the local communities.

The South African population of Cheetah comprising of Acinonyxjubatusjubatus sub-species was found to be equally close genetically as any other sub-species to the extinct Indian cheetah and was the only population that could be sourced for Indian founders without detrimental impacts on the source population, and provide the required number of behaviourally appropriate, genetically diverse, and healthy cheetah for the Indian introduction program.

The Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (NTCA & WII) in collaboration with Government of Madhya Pradesh has prepared an action plan for introduction of cheetah in India with emphasis on first release site- Kuno National Park involving various stakeholders.

Formal communication from Government of India to the Government of South Africa and Namibia requesting to consider granting permission for export of Cheetahs to India to aid the Government of India in its effort to reintroduce the species to its natural habitat in India has already been done. For the first release site, the Kuno National Park, all preparatory works such as completion of fence, water, and removal of carnivores from inside the cheetah enclosure have been completed. The release of Cheetah is an important step towards wildlife conservation in India and also it is pride moment for every Indian Citizen.

Kuno-National Park:From the 10 potential sites evaluated for the feasibility of establishing cheetah populations in India, the Kuno National Park in the state of Madhya Pradesh was considered as suitable site for Cheetah introduction.Kuno National Park is 748 km2, that is devoid of any human settlements and forms part of the larger Sheopur-Shivpuri dry deciduous open forest landscape spanning an area of 6,800 km2. For housing of introduced Cheetahs, predator proof fenced enclosures over an area of 6 sq km containing seven compartments of 0.7 to 1.1 sq km size, have been created.

The wild ungulates and herbivorous mammals found in the area chital (Axis axis), sambar (Rusa unicolor), nilgai (Boselaphustragocamelus), wild pig (Sus scrofa), chinkara (Gazellabennettii), chousingha (Tetracerusquadricornis), blackbuck (Antilopecervicapra) now only on the periphery of the NP, northern plains gray langur (Semnopithecus entellus), rhesus macaque (Macacamulatta), Indian porcupine (Hystrixindica) and black-naped hare (Lepus nigricollis). Mammalian carnivores include leopard (Panthera pardus), sloth bear (Melursusursinus), striped hyaena (Hyaenahyaena), gray wolf (Canis lupus pallipes), golden jackal (Canis aureus), Indian fox (Vulpesbengalensis), ratel (Mellivoracapensis), jungle cat (Felischaus), Asiatic wild cat (Felislybicaornata), rusty spotted cat (Prionailurusrubiginosus), Indian gray mongoose (Herpestesedwardsii), ruddy mongoose (Herpestessmithii), Asian palm civet (Paradoxurushermaphroditus) and small Indian civet (Viverriculaindica).

Location of Kuno National Park within the state of Madhya Pradesh, India