Embrace the ancient art of paper-folding - a simple way to take some time out from your day, relax, unwind and find some mindfulness with our free origami patterns.
Grab a screenbreak if you’re working from home or find a quiet spot while the kids are on a virtual home-schooling call and get yourself some much-needed you time. Valuable time that you likely need now, more than ever before. We got you. This week we're bringing you a free origami pattern to make a cheetah - check back next week for an elephant to add to your collection! Downlaod your instructions below.
All you’ll need is:
- A4 paper
- A printer
- A comfortable seat and a flat surface to work on
- A little patience
At ZSL, we’ve been working to conserve Cheetah numbers in the Serengeti for 30 years. Named after the Hindi word ‘Chita’, meaning ‘spotted one’, this iconic species is famously the fastest land-mammal on earth. Faced with threats from both poachers and wider human-wildlife conflict by way of danger from encroaching road builds and wider habitat loss, Cheetah numbers are in jeopardy - something we’re working hard to change.
Stretching back through history, the Cheetah has been adored and arguably, worshipped among many civilisations. The Ancient Egyptians treated all cats as sacred – and trained these skilled predators to hunt alongside them, as depicted in historical tomb paintings and carvings.
Our Zoos are active participants in the breeding programmes too, working hard to increase numbers of these Vulnerable big cats with our on-site population at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire.
Sadly when our Zoos closed for various lockdowns, all of this valuable work was thrown into disarray with vital income from our visitors, no longer available to us. Please don’t let cheetahs become a part of history, donate if you can to give them a future world where wildlife thrives:
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