David Shepherd


david shepherd cheetah, print
Signed, limited edition
Date of publication 1989
Image Size 9.5" x 16"
Mint condition in portfolio

The cheetah occurs in a variety of habitats such as savannahs in the Serengeti, arid mountain ranges in the Sahara and hilly desert terrain in Iran.
The cheetah is threatened by several factors such as habitat loss, conflict with humans, poaching and high susceptibility to diseases.
The king cheetah is a variety of cheetah with a rare mutation for cream-coloured fur marked with large, blotchy spots and three dark, wide stripes extending from the neck to the tail.
In Manicaland, Zimbabwe it was known as nsuifisi and thought to be a cross between a leopard and a hyena.
In 1926 Major A. Cooper wrote about a cheetah-like animal he had shot near modern-day Harare, with fur as thick as that of a snow leopard and spots that merged to form stripes.
He suggested it could be a cross between a leopard and a cheetah.
As more such individuals were observed it was seen that they had non-retractable claws like the cheetah.

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