Cassian Baliarsingh

Not five, but the South African female Cheetah ‘Gamini’ has given birth to six cubs, taking the total number of big cats in the country to 27, informed Union Minister Bhupender Yadav.

Earlier, there were reports that ‘Gamini’ kept in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park had given birth to only 5 cubs. However, Union Minister Bhupender on Monday confirmed that they were not five but six cubs born.

Taking to his social media platform X, the Union Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change wrote, “Gamini's legacy leaps forward!”

“There is no end to joy: It is not five, but six cubs! A week after the news of five cubs born to Gamini, it is now confirmed that Gamini, the South African cheetah mother, has given birth to six cubs, a record of sorts for a first-time mother. Sharing the joy with visuals of Gamini’s adorable six cubs…,” read his tweet.

Yadav had earlier informed that this is the fourth Cheetah litter on Indian soil and the first litter brought from South Africa. Notably, Gamini is the part of the group of cheetahs brought to India from South Africa under the ambitious cheetah reintroduction project.

Initiated by PM Modi in 2022, the project saw the release of eight cheetahs into MP’s Kuno National Park. An additional 12 cheetahs were introduced to the park from South Africa.

Unfortunately, at least 10 cheetahs have passed away since March last year. Currently there are 27 cheetahs in the Kuno National Park comprising seven females, six males and 14 cubs.