But it didn’t take us long to realise that it is much easier to draw blood from a real cheetah than it is to build a cardboard one.
We began by cutting the cheetah out of its two dimensional world (which turned out to be the easiest part). And then we tackled the daunting task of figuring out what belonged where, before sticking it all together.
There were eight of us helping to build the cheetah, and everyone had to hold part of it as we waited patiently for the glue to set.
And then it was time for the fun part! Painting!
We decided to make ours a King Cheetah. We used Decron to imitate its signature spots (which are bigger than those of a normal cheetah), and the feathers of Marabou storks (obtained from our vulture restaurant) for the well defined stripes that run down the King Cheetah’s back.
After many hours of hard work we finally finished our magnificent King Cheetah.
This experience reminded us just how important the work we’re doing here is, and how privileged we are to be able to be in such close contact with these extraordinary animals on a daily basis.
It would be extremely sad if the only cheetah our grandchildren ever got to see was a cardboard one.
Our King Cheetah currently holds pride of place in our auditorium, serving to remind us of our goal
TO HELP AND CONSERVE OUR WILDLIFE
Our challenge to you is make/paint/draw your own cheetah to keep you motivated and remind you that