Tributes are paid to who was pas­sion­ate

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MUCH-LOVED wildlife artist and con­ser­va­tion­ist David Shep­herd has died at the age of 86.

He died peace­fully fol­low­ing a 10-week fight in hospi­tal with Parkin­son’s Disease. He leaves be­hind a wife, four daugh­ters, nine grand­chil­dren and a great-grand­child and an en­dur­ing le­gacy for wildlife con­ser­va­tion.

For more than 50 years, he ded­i­cated his life to pro­tect­ing some of the world’s most iconic and en­dan­gered an­i­mals, us­ing his ta­lent as an artist to gen­er­ate funds for their pro­tec­tion.

In 1984, he es­tab­lished his own wildlife foun­da­tion, which is now based in Shal­ford.

David Shep­herd Wildlife Foun­da­tion (DSWF) is a flex­i­ble non-bu­reau­cratic NGO fund­ing far-reach­ing projects ded­i­cated to the long-term con­ser­va­tion of crit­i­cally en­dan­gered mam­mals.

DSWF CEO Karen Botha said: “David’s pas­sion for wildlife and the role of man in its demise in­fu­ri­ated and in­spired him.

“He was ded­i­cated, tena­cious and out­spo­ken, a cham­pion of an­i­mals and the

David Shep­herd with some of his work fea­tur­ing tigers

David Shep­herd do­ing what he loved, draw­ing ele­phants in Africa

David Shep­herd with some ex­am­ples of his paint­ings and his pal­ette

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