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Art show at Countryside to aid Cheetah Conservation Fund


Countryside Gallery and Custom Framing in Newtown hosts an exhibit of colored pencil drawings and photography to benefit the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Sarah Ann Young Sherwin recently returned from Namibia, where she spent time studying at the Cheetah Conservation Fund. She is selling note cards of some art pieces to raise money for the CCF, a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to save the remaining cheetah population.

Artist Ann Young, Sherwin’s mother, was a passionate lover of animals and a loving mother, friend, and teacher. Her art and love for animals are her legacy, and her compassion touched countless lives.

The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) was founded in 1990 by Dr. Laurie Marker. It is the premier center for cheetah research and conservation, and its programs reach hundreds of thousands of people every year.

In 1900, the cheetah population consisted of about 100,000 individuals; however, now less than 7,000 cheetahs remain. This is because cheetahs require a lot of continuous land to hunt, mate, and survive, but much of their land has been fragmented into smaller portions because of human development.

The staff at the CCF work tirelessly to care for and rehabilitate injured cheetahs, educate the public about the ongoing struggle for cheetah survival, work with local farmers about the use of guardian dogs to protect their livestock from wild cheetahs, and conduct habitat restoration projects.

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