A Cobham wildlife artist has been shortlisted for a national competition.

Jo Maynard’s drawing of a moon bear was selected to feature in the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition.

Miss Maynard said: “I work mostly in pencil, aiming for a lifelike and detailed style. I take an active interest in animal welfare and regularly volunteer.”

Her drawing of four young rabbits she raised was shortlisted for last year’s BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year competition.

Moon bears are traditionally kept in small cages to harvest their bile. The drawing is titled Safe Now, referring to Animal Asia’s recent success in protecting a bear sanctuary.

David Shepherd CBE said: “The shortlisted entries have been quite exceptional this year. From the judges’ point of view, the drama and technical excellence in all the work was quite breathtaking.”

The winner of the annual competition will be awarded £10,000. The exhibition, which will take place at London’s Mall Galleries from June 3 to 8, aims to raise awareness and money for endangered mammals.

Entry is free. Opening times are Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.