piece was created in response to a request from the East African
Wild Life Society. They were planning a fund-raising auction and
asked for pieces with the theme: "Wildlife in Danger - An Understatement".
Number 1 of the edition was sold in Kenya. The subtitle for this
sculpture is "Vanishing Species." The cheetah is one of
the most endangered of all of the big cats due to a lack of genetic
diversity, its inability to defend its cubs against the lions that
kill them, as well as the habitat loss that threatens them all.
When the cheetah lies in this characteristic pose, half hidden by
the tall grasses of the Serengeti Plain, he seems to be disappearing
into Mother Earth, perhaps forever."