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BarbBarcikKeith

Maple Heights, United States

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10×14 watercolor enhanced colored pencil on hot press watercolor paper. Original available.

As of 09-30-15, 1442 views and 17 favorited.

CHALLENGES: Featured For a Challenge – 2013 Birthday – Drawings & Paintings , Nature Only – Winner; Animals of Africa and Madagascar – July Avatar – Top 10;
FEATURES: Breathtaking Animals & Plants; Big Cats; African Fauna, Flora, Landscapes & Architecture; AMAZING Wildlife; Painted Nature & Objects; Wild Cats in Their Environment; African Fauna, Flora, Landscapes & Architecture (01-11-12); Painting the Country Life & the Countryside; Pencil Drawing; Featured for a Challenge; Animals of Africa & Madagascar;

The king cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a rare mutation of cheetah characterized by a distinct fur pattern. It was first noted in what was then Southern Rhodesia (modern-day Zimbabwe) in 1926. In 1927, the naturalist Reginald Innes Pocock declared it a separate species, but reversed this decision in 1939 due to lack of evidence, but in 1928, a skin purchased by Walter Rothschild was found to be intermediate in pattern between the king cheetah and spotted cheetah and Abel Chapman considered it to be a color form of the spotted cheetah. Twenty-two such skins were found between 1926 and 1974. Since 1927, the king cheetah was reported five more times in the wild. Although strangely marked skins had come from Africa, a live king cheetah was not photographed until 1974 in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Cryptozoologists Paul and Lena Bottriell photographed one during an expedition in 1975. They also managed to obtain stuffed specimens. It appeared larger than a spotted cheetah and its fur had a different texture. There was another wild sighting in 1986—the first in seven years. By 1987, thirty-eight specimens had been recorded, many from pelts.

Its species status was resolved in 1981 when king cheetahs were born at the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre in South Africa. In May 1981, two spotted sisters gave birth there and each litter contained one king cheetah. The sisters had both mated with a wild-caught male from the Transvaal area (where king cheetahs had been recorded). Further king cheetahs were later born at the Centre. It has been known to exist in Zimbabwe, Botswana and in the northern part of South Africa’s Transvaal province. A recessive gene must be inherited from both parents for this pattern to appear, which is one reason why it is so rare (info from Wikipedia).

  • Complete 01-05-2011 in14.06 hours spread over 7 days

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