Mangaluru: Over 70 years after they went extinct, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday released cheetahs brought from Africa’s Namibia in Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh.
In a matter of pride for Dakshina Kannada, Dr Sanath Muliya, a veterinarian hailing from Puttur was part of the delegation that accompanied the eight cheetahs.
Of the eight cheetahs released, five are females and three are males. Cheetahs were declared extinct in India in 1952.
Dr Sanath Krishna is the son of Muliya Keshav Bhat and agent Usha Muliya, owners of Muliya jewelers.
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Dr Sanath completed his early education at Vivekananda Pre-University College in Puttur and then went to Bengaluru to complete his graduation and post-graduation in veterinary science, both from the Karnataka Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Bidar.
After working in Africa for one and half years and After completing his research in USA, Dr Sanath returned back to India. He has since worked in a number of roles and is currently working as an assistant veterinary officer at the National Zoological Park.
Cheetahs are being introduced under Project Cheetah, the world’s first inter-continental large wild carnivore translocation project.