cats & dogs
There is a primal fascination that we have with the planets predators and none more so than the big cats. From the time we walked the forests and plains until we learnt to outcompete them, we have been drawn to their wildness and purity of purpose.
The predator guild is one of the cornerstones of a healthy eco-system and there are many places to see these iconic species. All of the classic safari countries have their special areas and some of the more famous include the lions of the Serengeti Mara, cheetahs in the Kalahari and the leopards of the Luangwa Valley. Space on the planet is at a premium and tragically there may only be 20,000 lions left alive while cheetahs teeter at less than 10,000 in the wild. The persecution of canids continues across the world however there are still some viable populations. With 5,000 remaining the African wild dog has found a stronghold in the Okavango Delta and the Ethiopian wolf, the continent’s most endangered canid with approximately 500 individuals, still survives in the Bale mountains.