Nearly eight decades after the last cheetah was hunted to extinction in India, its cousins from Africa are now here to restore the glorious spots. It is very rare for an extinct species in one part of the world to be populated by much of another – that too is an apex predator. Cheetahs – brought from Namibia – are being introduced to India as part of Project Cheetah, the world’s first intercontinental translocation project for large wild carnivores. PM Narendra Modi released eight cheetahs into the enclosures in Kuno National Park in the Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh from the device, turning a lever on Saturday morning. It’s also PM Modi’s birthday today.