Check out the new names of Cheetahs introduced from Namibia and South Africa

New Delhi, April 28, 2023: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat on 25th September 2022 had urged the citizens to come with suggestions for cheetahs reintroduced from Namibia and South Africa, with an intention to popularize and to sensitize the general public about Project Cheetah.

In this regard, a competition was organized on Government of India platform from 26th September to 31st October 2022. In response, a total of 11,565 entries were received suggesting new names for reintroduced cheetahs. The entries were scrutinized by a selection committee and based on the significance and relevance of the suggested names for their conservation and cultural value the following new names have been selected for cheetahs for Namibian and South African cheetah.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change congratulates the winners of the competition who suggested new names for Namibian and South African cheetahs.

1) Namibian cheetahs

Sl No Old Name of Cheetah Sex Photo of Cheetah New Name Suggested by
1 Asha Female  




Rojali Sethy,

Avinash Gajanan Rao Gedam,

Omprakash Singh

Satish Reddy

M S Kumarswamy


2 Oban Male  




Pavan Aashvisingh, Sharweshwar Haritash, Kaarthi Shastry B S, Aranya Haldar,













Amit Rajendra Nalawade,

Narendra Choudhary, Sunil Patil

4 Siyaya Female









Jwala Dwarkaram,

Ishant Jindal,

Bhaiya Ji

5 Elton

(left animal)










Gaurav Satish Reddy,

Jayant Kothavade, Bhumika Bisht, Suchismita Sengupta

6 Freddy

(right animal)



















Shaurya Anuj Kumar Yogi, Bhumika Bisht
7 Tiblisi Female  




Dhatri Rushav Satapathy

Varshini Bhat


2) South African cheetahs


Sl No Old Name of Cheetah Sex Photo of Cheetah New Name Suggested by
1 Phinda Adult Female Female


Daksha Devananda


2 Mapesu sub adult female Female




Nirva Saamragyee Agarwal
3 Phinda Adult Male1 Male


Vayu Sumit Amit Jagtap, Edrisha Raj,

Raj Sakhare,

Ashish Sharma,

Shivani Thakur,

Satish Kumar,

Ajinkyak, Akshay Sharma

4 Phinda Adult Male2 Male  

Agni Satish kumar

Bhaiya ji

Aswathy suresh

Shivraj Swami

M S Kumarswamy




Akshay Sharma

Nidhi Sharma

5 Tswalu Adult Female Female  




Gamini Kanchan Gupta



Tswalu Adult Male










Ivan Leon Joseph, Varsha,

Manglam lal srivastav


Rohit Dubey, Bhaiya ji, Abhisheklatawa,

Om Prakash Singh

7 Tswalu Sub Adult Female Female  




Veera Onora Mukherjee
8 Tswalu Sub Adult Male Male  








Suraj Shiva Nandan Mishra
9 Waterberg biosphere adult female Female  



Dheera Sonu, Devanand
10 Waterberg biosphere adult male Male  







Uday Bipradip Ghosal

Suchismita Sengupta

11 Waterberg biosphere adult male2 Male  



Prabhas Akshay Sharma
12 Waterberg biosphere adult male3 Male



Pavak Priya Sonawane


The last cheetahs in the Indian wilderness were recorded in 1947 where three cheetahs were shot in the Sal (Shorea robusta) forests of Koriya District, Chhattisgarh State. The main reasons for the decline of cheetah in India were large scale capture of animals from the wild for coursing, bounty and sport hunting, extensive habitat conversion along with consequent decline in prey base and in 1952 Cheetahs were declared as extinct.

The goal of Cheetah introduction project in India was to establish viable cheetah metapopulation in India that allows the cheetah to perform its functional role as a top predator and provide space for the expansion of the cheetah within its historic range thereby contributing to its global conservation efforts.

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The major objectives of the introduction project were:

1) To establish breeding cheetah populations in safe habitats across its historic range and manage them as a metapopulation,

2) To use the cheetah as a charismatic flagship and umbrella species to garner resources for restoring open forest and savanna systems that will benefit biodiversity and ecosystem services from these ecosystems,

3) To use the ensuing opportunity for eco-development and eco-tourism to enhance local community livelihoods and

4) To manage any conflict by cheetah or other wildlife with local communities within cheetah conservation areas expediently through compensation, awareness, and management action.

In this context, the Government of India initiated G2G consultative meetings with Republic of Namibia which culminated in the signing of MoU between the two countries on 20th July 2022 for cheetah conservation. Following the signing of MoU, in a historic first wild to wild intercontinental translocation, eight cheetahs were transported from Namibia to India on 17th September, 2022 and were released into the quarantine bomas by the Prime Minister of India.

As per the Action Plan for Cheetah Introduction in India, annually 10-12 cheetahs are required to be imported from African countries for the next 5 years at least. In this context, the Government of India initiated bilateral negotiations with Republic of South Africa since 2021 for cooperation in the field of Cheetah conservation. The negotiations were successfully concluded with the signing of MoU with the Republic of South Africa in January 2023.

Under the provisions of the MoU, a first batch of 12 cheetahs (7 males, 5 females) were translocated from South Africa to India on 18th February 2023. The translocation of 12 cheetahs from South Africa to Gwalior and onwards to Kuno National Park through Helicopters was executed by the Indian Air Force. A delegation of cheetah experts, veterinarians and senior officials accompanied the cheetahs during the transcontinental translocation exercise.

For taking India’s ambitious project on Cheetah Introduction forward, a consultative workshop involving international cheetah experts, scientists, veterinarians, and forest officials was also organised on 20th February, 2023 at the Kuno National Park. The outcome of the workshop paved a way for better cheetah management which will help in successfully establishing cheetah metapopulation in India.

Post Translocation Updates About Cheetahs in India

  • Post the mandatory quarantine period of the first batch of cheetahs, the animals were released into the larger enclosure in phased manner.
  • NOC from DAHD(Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying) was obtained and the Cheetahs have been released in the larger enclosure. All Cheetahs are doing well and hunting the wild prey.
  • Four Namibian Cheetahs are free ranging in the wild and are monitored 24*7.
  • Furthermore, 4 cubs were born and are healthy and doing well.
  • Overall 19 adults are doing well.