Communities have lived along side cheetahs for thousands of years.
Did you know humans have a long history with cheetahs?
Thousands of Years Ago
Many pieces of art and cave paintings dating thousands of years ago from ancient cultures show pictures of cheetahs with humans. Ancient Egyptians often had cheetahs living alongside them like a housecat (a domesticated animal).
Historically people of royal status from many countries like Italy, Persia (Iran), India and Russian considered cheetahs objects of status and wealth as well as hunting partners.
An 19th century ancient Egyptian fresco shows cheetahs as part of hunting party.
From the collection of Victora & Albert Museum in London, England
(Thank you to San Diego CCF chapter for this information)
In the 1400's, Italian renaissance painters painted cheetahs in the scenes on chapel walls.
Italian Bennozzo Gozzoli painted this fresco (paint in wet plaster) showing a cheetah on a wall inside the Magi Chapel during the 1400's in Florence, Italy. (source Wikipedia, 2020)
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