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BE PARTNER │ PSA Talking Big Cats with Jonathan & Angela Scott


© Angela Scott / The Marsh Lions, Bradt Travel Guides Interview by Inga Yandell


Jonathan and Angie Scott have dedicated their lives to the documentation of Big Cats - generating greater public awareness and support for predators in peril. Best known for their documentary series Big Cat Diaries, the duo play a valuable role as ambassadors for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Today, photographers are considered key contributories to conservation campaigns, recognized for their influence on education outreach and research. Their work helps illustrate the vital issues facing our earth with powerful images that inspire people globally to unite for the preservation of endangered species. Acknowledging the influence, knowledge and experience of the Scott's, Namibia's Cheetah Conservation Fund along with co-founder Dr. Laurie Marker invited the couple to celebrate Valentines Day with their cheetahs.


Why is it so important to utilize visual documentation to relate the plight of an endangered species?


People are very visual - we interpret the world by what we see. The camera and its lenses allows us to depict things in a different way and used creatively can inspire and surprise the viewer. The beauty of our planet and its wild inhabitants is a visual feast and photographers help us to capture moments - fragments of what is happening - in our lives and those of other living creatures.


Many people are unaware or under informed of just how many animals and plants are endangered - many have slipped away unknown to the majority of the world. Some animals and plants today only exist as visual records captured on film - or as lifeless specimens in museums.


A photograph can speak for a thousand words though its visual impact - it can send a powerful message that may be able to inform and change our thinking.


First published in 1982, The Marsh Lions was hailed as a wildlife classic. Fifteen years later, the descendants of its central characters featured in BBC-TV’s Big Cat Diary and viewers of that series have been following the fortunes of the pride ever since. The book’s re-issue allows the authors to add another chapter to this extraordinary saga, and this edition also includes stunning new images (like the one pictured above) by Angela Scott to


bring the story up to date. Published by Bradt Travel Guides www.bradtguides.com


Marsh pride with White Eye on the right


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