This picture, showing a cheetah cub peering out from behind his/her mum, forms part of my Wildlife Series of Endangered and Vulnerable animals. Cheetahs are now designated as ‘Vulnerable’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list. Some of the main reasons why the Cheetah is endangered are due to decline in prey, loss of habitat, poaching and high mortality of cheetah cubs. They used to be found throughout Asia, Africa and parts of Europe. Today, there are just 12,400 cheetahs remaining in the wild, and the biggest population is currently located in Namibia with about 2,500 individuals.
Acrylic on canvas