Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Big Cats

On my trip last week I visited two different private game reserves. Between the two reserves I got to see and photograph three species of big cats.

Ok, so not indigenous to South Africa, but a very awesome cat. Kwantu Private Game Reserve has a predator centre where they breed with endangered animals. They have a pair of Bengal Tigers and the male was quite content with his picture being taken. He even posed and looked straight into the camera.

This lion is called Mufasa. He is one of a couple of "tame" lions being rehabilitated to be reintroduced into the wild of the reserve.

Our visit to Pumba Private Game Reserve was soured by the fact that it rained the whole time we were there. It was a pity because I was looking forward to see their wild white lions. Well it was not to be. What we did see quite unexpectedly find was a pair of Cheetahs. It was raining consistently and I was one the wrong side so the lens kept on getting wet. At least I got of one or two shots.


  1. These shots are amazing, I am so jealous, I could spit !!!
    Just the best big cat shots I have seen for a very long time...

    yours with so much envy it hurts

  2. These animals are breathtakingly beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing them. Great photos.

  3. I LOVE the first picture - wow! Awesome animals!

  4. Great shots, it's always wonderful to have the opportunity to shoot big cats. I love the second one, really nice work!