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“Survivors” is an oil painting showing two orphaned cheetah cubs from Namibia who were rescued soon after their mother was trapped by a farmer. Their little faces depict the sadness, fear and uncertainty the future holds for them.

Original oil painting on canvas: 20 × 30 inches (original sold)

Cheetahs are the fastest land animals on earth, reaching speeds of up to 100 kph (70mph). Beautiful and sleek, they are the smallest of the big cats and their prey is often stolen by other predators.

Highly threatened, these animals are in great need of protection. They need plenty of space for hunting and that space is steadily being reduced by human expansion.

Out of all the big cats, the cheetah is the least able to adapt to new environments. It has always proved difficult to breed in captivity, although recently a few zoos have managed to succeed at this. Once widely hunted for its fur, the cheetah now suffers more from the loss of both habitat and prey.

For more facts about cheetahs, please visit and

Wildlife, landscapes and Irish Life paintings by Avril Brand

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  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 6 years ago

    Oh this is truly lovely.. so endearing well done ;) Val

  • Avril Brand
    Avril Brandover 6 years ago

    Oh thank you, valzart. I love these little darlings.

  • Mariaan M Krog Fine Art Portfolio
    Mariaan M Krog...over 6 years ago

    This is an excellent painting Avril! How big is the original….

  • Avril Brand
    Avril Brandover 6 years ago

    Hi Mariaan
    The original is 20 × 30 inches! It took about 3 months to paint!

  • ebonyjane
    ebonyjaneover 6 years ago

    wow, they are cute

  • Avril Brand
    Avril Brandover 6 years ago

    Thanks ebonyjane!

  • Ginger  Barritt
    Ginger Barrittover 6 years ago

    Oh, you’ve broken my heart….They are beautiful.

  • Avril Brand
    Avril Brandover 6 years ago

    Oh thank you, Ginger!

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 6 years ago

    I can believe it too three months to do, the detail is unbelievable. Amazing work.

  • Avril Brand
    Avril Brandover 6 years ago

    Thank you barnsis! (love how you chose the name). Hair by hair and layer by layer! LOL… I have to love painting!

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