The Cheetah Conservation Fund UK (CCF UK) is hosting a global auction of a wildlife photograph which has been generously donated to us by photographer Ian Rice. The photo, a near life-size portrait (36”x42”) of a cheetah, was taken with a Nikon D750 (Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6) at Bristol Zoo’s The Wild Place Project on a cold morning in December of 2017. It depicts 7 year-old male cheetah named Brooke and captures the moment he walked towards the photographer through the snow and into a ray of sunlight.
Ian donated the photograph to CCF UK in order to raise funds and awareness of the plight of the cheetah, Africa’s most endangered Big Cat. Since the 1900s, cheetah numbers have fallen by 90%, and there are now fewer than 7,100 individuals remaining in the wild.
What makes this printed photograph incredibly special for any wildlife photographer or conservation lover is that it has been on a world tour and signed by an extraordinary collection of some of the world’s foremost wildlife photographers and filmmakers, conservationists and even senior members of the British royal family.
‘Brooke’ has been signed by CCF’s International Royal Patron HRH Princess Michael of Kent; active conservationist HRH Prince Michael of Kent; CCF UK Patrons, individual winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award and presenters of the BBC’s Big Cat Diaries, Jonathan and Angela Scott; National Geographic photographer, winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, Frans Lanting; wildlife filmmaker and television presenter Gordon Buchanan; National Geographic writer, filmmaker and Peabody Award winner Christine Eckstrom; conservationist and founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund Dr Laurie Marker; wildlife filmmaker, and winner of eight Emmy and five BAFTA Awards, Doug Allan; Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers Art Wolfe; National Geographic photographer and winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, Brent Stirton; and, of course, the brilliant photographer Ian Rice.
The auction will go live on the 27th November 2018 at 8pm GMT (3pm EST) and end on International Cheetah Day, 4th December 2018, 8pm GMT 93pm EST). Sign up to our mailing list using this link and we’ll notify you when the auction goes live – don’t miss out on your chance to bid for and own the wildlife photograph of a lifetime.
All proceeds will go to the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s conservation programmes, ensuring a future where the cheetah not only survives, but thrives.