HRH Princess Michael supports Pollyanna Pickering Foundation

HRH Princess Michael of Kent has given her support to the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation backing a call to sponsor a young cheetah being cared for in an Ethiopian sanctuary.

In remembrance of what would have been the much loved late wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering’s 78th birthday, the Born Free Foundation honoured her by naming a rescued cheetah cub in her memory.

Pollyanna was world renowned for her paintings of endangered species sketched from life during expeditions which took her to some of the most remote and inhospitable parts of the world.  She acted as a Patron of The Born Free Foundation for many years, and was delighted when her artwork could help to raise funds for a cause so close to her heart.

Pollyanna cheetah and her brother were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade and given a lifetime home at Ensessa Kotteh sanctuary in Ethiopia. People can help support the ongoing care of the little cheetah by sponsoring her for £35.00 a year – and anyone who ‘befriends’ this beautiful cat before 30th July this year will be entered into a draw to win a very special prize.

HRH Princess Michael of Kent has supported this project by graciously signing three copies of her book A Cheetah’s Tale.

Princess Michael presents Pollyanna’s daughter Anna-Louise Pickering with the 
signed books.

In the early 1960s Princess Michael lived with her father on his farm in Mozambique. It was one of the happiest times of her life in part due to an orphaned cheetah cub called Tess. The relationship between the young Princess and Tess, whom she hand-reared and later successfully released into the wild having trained her to hunt and survive on her own, will touch every reader’s heart.

A Cheetah’s Tale tells this delightful story of a girl growing up and the incredible bond that can exist between people and animals. Beautifully written and packed with fabulous photographs, it is also a wonderful portrait of Africa – the cheetah version of Born Free.

Tess was the inspiration for Princess Michael’s lifelong interest in conservation and the epilogue covers some of her work as Patron of the Endangered Species Centre and the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF).  It was through this passion for conservation that Pollyanna met Princess Michael on several occasions. 

Become a friend of Pollyanna Cheetah at or phone 01629 558510 for further information.

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