Cecil the lion portrait by Crowborough artist to be auctioned

Cecil the lion. Photograph courtesy of Charlotte Williams
Cecil the lion. Photograph courtesy of Charlotte Williams

A portrait of Cecil the lion by a Crowborough artist is being auctioned for an African wildlife charity.

Charlotte Williams has been asked by the Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit (VFAPU) to collaborate with them and raise essential funds to help their tireless fight against poachers.

Cecil was killed by an American dentist who allegedly paid £32,000 to kill the lion with a bow and arrow after it was lured out of a Zimbabwe game reserve. sparking an international outcry. It is believed the dentist, Walter Palmer has returned to work although he says he faces ‘safety issues.’

Charlotte was inspired to produce the drawing having lived and worked on a game reserve in South Africa. She said: “I have seen first hand what a struggle it is against poachers and how it’s a never-ending task that takes up lots of time and resources. It is wonderful to be part of such a worthy cause.”

This original drawing - done using Faber Castell Colour Pencil and measuring 31 x 22 inches - will be auctioned on ebay. It took about 100 hrs to complete.

Charlotte specialises in fine detailed portraits of animals and people. When she left school, after a short stint in London, she headed to Africa where her first job was riding camels through the desert in Namibia.

She told the Express: “I have seen the desecration caused by poaching and I absolutely abhor it. I decided this charity was worthy of support - so many of the big charities have professional fundraisers, but these guys have boots on the ground. They are out there helping to prevent senseless slaughter. They put their lives at risk, day in day out, trying to stop these heinous crimes.”

VFAPU is a non-profit organisation on the front line in Zimbabwe. They patrol the Victoria Falls and Zambezi National Parks, an area of around 60,000 hectares (about a third the size of East Sussex.) They have been doing this since 1999 and they will continue to do it so long as the National Parks remain.

This framed image will be auctioned on ebay from September 14-23. All money raised goes directly to the charity. For more information visit www.charlotte-williams.com where there is also a link to the auction site.

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