Jasper, the Cheetah that Paints

Jasper, the Cheetah that Paints

Cheetah at Emirates Park Zoo and Resort Abu DhabiJasper and his friend Shazly were rescued along with Shazly’s two cheetah brothers from the Saudi Arabia border . They had been confiscated by the government. Someone was trying to smuggle a group of 15 cubs into the country to sell as pets. They were all suspected to be wild caught.

The four were taken back to Emirates Park ZooCheetah at Emirates Park Zoo and Resort Abu Dhabi where they were intensely treated for malnourishment and what appeared to be feline leukemia. Sadly, within the first two days, 2 of the cubs died. Jasper and Shazly survived, and immediately bonded with each other. In the wild, cheetah males form coalitions with each other (usually their brothers), so although Jasper and Shazly aren’t blood-related, they grew up together so they believe they are brothers.

Baby Cheetah at Emirates Park Zoo and Resort Abu DhabiThe cubs continued to grow and get better. Jasper quickly took a liking to all the keepers, with a very friendly personality.Jasper Cheetah at Emirates Park Zoo and Resort Abu Dhabi Once he was around six months old, we started training him for husbandry behaviors such as sit, down, target, station, etc. that allowed us to use him not only as an ambassador animal, but to help in medical procedures and any other husbandry we needed to give him.

cheetah making art at Emirates Park Zoo and Resort Abu DhabiJust this year, Jasper learned to paint using non-toxic children’s finger paint and canvas. Using the behaviors he is trained with and positive reinforcement, he is now making art to sell to the general public.

cheetah trainer at Emirates Park Zoo and Resort Abu Dhabi100% of the profits will go to conservation both within Emirates Park Zoo and with organizations like WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and CCF (Cheetah Conservation Fund) to help cheetahs in the wild and teach people about the horrors of wildlife trafficking. Jasper and Shazly were some of the lucky ones, but 4 out of 5 cubs smuggled for the pet trade don’t survive the journey. A population of 100,000 cheetahs has dwindled to 9000 because of many issues (this being one of them), and something has to be done.

So, please help us win the cheetah’s race for survival by purchasing a Jasper painting, and saying “NO” to Wildlife Trafficking!

cheetah painting at Emirates Park Zoo and Resort Abu Dhabicheetah painting selling  by Emirates Park Zoo and Resort Abu Dhabicheetah