18×24 pastel on pastel paper. Original unavailable.

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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 Cheetah Conservation Foundation was set up in 1993 for cheetah protection. It is based in South Africa. (info from Wikipedia)

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Comments

  • hannahelizabeth
    hannahelizabethover 7 years ago

    gorgeous!

  • babyranda
    babyrandaover 7 years ago

    this is beautiful!

  • Mundy Hackett
    Mundy Hackettover 7 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • NatureByWendy
    NatureByWendyover 7 years ago

    lovely ….

  • ashesofgold
    ashesofgoldover 7 years ago

    this is so gooood….they really look so real…….but lovelable…

  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersover 7 years ago

    Beautiful pastel work B.

  • aphoto4you
    aphoto4youover 7 years ago

    this is sure work of art…awsome

  • coffeetea
    coffeeteaover 7 years ago

    gorgeous, no others words for it !

  • Melinda Showers
    Melinda Showersover 7 years ago

    I love this!

  • SylviaHardy
    SylviaHardyover 7 years ago

    These are so beautiful and they are all going in my fav!

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