Kuno National Park

Kuno National Park

Why in news:

  • Twelve cheetahs arrived in Madhya Pradesh from South Africa on Saturday and were released into the quarantine enclosures at the Kuno National Park in Sheopur district.

More about the National Park:

  • Kuno National Parkis a national park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh, India.
  • It derives its name from Kuno River.
  • It was established in 1981 as a wildlife sanctuary with an initial area of 344.686 km2 in the Sheopur and Morena districts.
  • In 2018, it was given the status of a national park.
  • It is part of the Khathiar-Gir dry deciduous forests ecoregion.

Flora:

  • The vegetation of the protected area includes Anogeissus pendula forest and scrub, Boswellia and Butea forest, dry savanna forest and grassland and tropical riverine forest,

Fauna:

  • The main predators occurring in the protected area are Indian leopard, Southeast African cheetah, jungle cat, sloth bear, dhole, Indian wolf, Indian jackal, striped hyena and Bengal fox.

Syllabus: Prelims; Environment

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