Cheetah Pencil Drawing

This drawing of a young cheetah in Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa portrays the irony of local overpopulation of a species that is internationally endangered. Cheetah breed easily in the wild where their natural enemies (such as lion and spotted hyaena) do not occur, leading to exponential population growth – in Mountain Zebra National Park, the original 4 cheetah increased to 33 in less than 3 years, outgrowing the available prey base and habitat. Metapopulation management ensures that such excess cheetah are moved to reserves where they can breed with unrelated individuals, thereby contributing to cheetah conservation efforts while establishing a diverse gene pool.
cheetah cub
Cheetah Cub, Mountain Zebra Park
cheetah
Cheetah with collar for tracking research
 
Landscape
Mountain Zebra National Park Landscape
  The original artwork is available in London at the Osborne Studio Gallery Address: 2 Motcomb St, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 8JU, UK Phone: +44 20 7235 9667