16×20 colored pencil on dark grey matboard with a little help from white acrylic. Original unavailable. This is the companion to “Imperial”.
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NOTE: March 2013 Art Exhibition in Afrikaans (03-04-2013). Thank you Afrikaans Group!
There are several geographically isolated populations of cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), all of which are found in Africa or southwestern Asia. A small population (estimated at about fifty) survive in the Khorasan Province of Iran, where conservationists are taking steps to protect them.
It is possible, though doubtful, that some cheetahs remain in India. There have also been several unconfirmed reports of Asiatic Cheetahs in the Balochistan province of Pakistan, with at least one dead animal being discovered recently.
The cheetah thrives in areas with vast expanses of land where prey is abundant. The cheetah likes to live in an open biotope, such as semidesert, prairie, and thick brush, though it can be found in a variety of habitats. In Namibia, for example, it lives in grasslands, savannahs, areas of dense vegetation, and mountainous terrain.
In much of its former range, the cheetah was tamed by aristocrats and used to hunt antelopes in much the same way as is still done with members of the greyhound group of dogs (Info from Wikipedia).