The soon to be new home of African Cheetahs derived its name from the beautiful Kuno river. It flows from south to north and splits the national park into two halves. Kuno national park is situated in Vindhya hills and is famous for the little patches of grassland scattered in it. As soon as you enter the park, you will be mesmerized by the fairytale-like forests of Kardhai, Khair, and Salai. And will be thrilled by seeing dozens of animals roaming across 900 square kilometers of wide meadows. It is truly a one-of-a-kind destination for all wildlife aficionados.
For ages, Kuno has been a dwelling place of various animals, especially elephants and lions. But sadly, in the year 1872, the last lion breathed here. In 1904, King Madhavrao Scindia of Gwalior made efforts to relocate lions from Junagadh. He created enormous enclosures at Dob Kund as Lion adaptation enclosures before releasing them into the forests. But, the Nawab of Junagadh, on the other hand, denied giving the lions away. Later on, Lord Curzon bought ten lions from the king of Abisinia (current Ethiopia) and presented them to King Madhavrao Scindia.
Unfortunately, three of them perished en route. Three of the remainder were males, while the other four were females. Bunde, Baanke, and Majnu were the males’ names, while Ramailee, Rampyari, Bijli, and Gaindi were the females’ names. But, instead of Kuno, these lions were released in the Shivpuri Jungles. However, due to some reasons, the lion reintroduction initiative was only able to last until 1912.