"Little Sister" - Oil Painting by Avril Brand

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“Little Sister” is a sibling of the cheetah cubs in the “Survivors” painting. She is one of the four cheetah cubs rescued from certain death.

Oil painting on canvas (original sold).

Cheetah cubs have a high mortality rate due to genetic factors and predation by carnivores in competition with the cheetah, such as the lion and hyena. Recent inbreeding causes cheetahs to share very similar genetic profiles. This has led to poor sperm, birth defects, cramped teeth, curled tails, and bent limbs. Some biologists now believe that they are too inbred to flourish as a species.

Cheetahs are included on the World Conservation Union (IUCN) list of vulnerable species (African subspecies threatened, Asiatic subspecies in critical situation) as well as on the U.S. ESA: threatened species – Appendix I of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). Approximately 12,400 cheetahs remain in the wild in twenty-five African countries; Namibia has the most, with about 2,500. Another fifty to sixty critically endangered Asiatic cheetahs are thought to remain in Iran. There have been successful breeding programs, including the use of in-vitro fertilization, in zoos around the world.

Founded in Namibia in 1990, the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s mission is to be an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and education on cheetahs and their eco-systems, working with all stakeholders to achieve best practice in the conservation and management of the world’s cheetahs. The CCF has also set stations throughout South Africa in order to keep the conservation effort going.

The Cheetah Conservation Foundation was set up in 1993 for cheetah protection. It is based in South Africa. Reference Wikipedia

Wildlife, landscapes and Irish life paintings by Avril Brand

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  • Ann  Palframan
    Ann Palframanover 6 years ago

    This is incredibly beautiful. Those eyes…!! Excellent, Avril :-)

  • Avril Brand
    Avril Brandover 6 years ago

    Thank you Ann. Cheetahs have eyes like liquid honey… :)

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 6 years ago

    WOW, WOW the detail and color are stunning, Don’t know how you sold it. Excellent work. Great avatar.

  • Avril Brand
    Avril Brandover 6 years ago

    Thanks barnsis… the cheetah was actually commissioned for a SA couple in the UK. (A wedding gift) I still miss the painting! Its like losing a part of yourself.

  • Yool
    Yoolover 6 years ago

    This truly a piece of art….wonderful as all your work is !
    I enjoyed looking through your portfolio Avril you are a star :)) Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Avril Brand
    Avril Brandover 6 years ago

    Thank you Yool. Your photography is spectacular!

  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaover 6 years ago

    Wow- you are an AMAZING artist.
    Maybe someday you will be famous!

  • Avril Brand
    Avril Brandover 6 years ago

    Aw thanks Mar! That is a lovely thing to say! Unlikely, but lovely :-)

  • saleire
    saleireover 6 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful painting. The eyes say it all really.

  • Thank you, Sal! hugsxxx

    – Avril Brand

  • jdmphotography
    jdmphotographyover 6 years ago

    You have some really awesome work for sure and this cetainly is one of them Avril ……….. (-;

  • Gosh, thanks so much:-)

    – Avril Brand

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