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Big cats and stunning photography

Big cats and stunning photography


Paws up who's a bit obsessed by any programmes about the Big Cats? Us too! We love a good wildlife documentary here at Bone Idol Towers, and we're not even bothered when they're about our arch nemeses, the felines.

There's something about the majesty, elusiveness, arrogance, speed, mobility, and sheer energy of the planet's big cats that is totally captivating.

Did you know, not only does the Cheetah run at speeds of up to 96kmph, but this aerodynamic powerhouse can also brake harder and change direction quicker than any other land predator?

The world's highest living cat, the Snow Leopard, is known as the ‘ghost of the mountain'. I think we all know why that is...but to put into context the extent of their elusiveness, it took the Planet Earth II team three years to film enough footage for us to enjoy just a few minutes of pure magic, and most of that was done with a super long-lensed camera from a mile away.

Another fun fact that I'd like to share with you about this magnificent creature...because it's pretty parky where they hang out, their long tail not only helps them to balance on the edge of vertiginous cliff edges when they are hunting prey, but when it's freezing cold they wrap it around their necks like a scarf. Fancy.

The smallest and, without question, cutest lil bubba of a wild cat is the Rusty Spotted Cat. This titchy tiger lives on the island of Sri Lanka and only weighs about a kilo; that's 200 times lighter than a lion.

Talking of the King of the Jungle (who is, of course, the National Animal of England, and actually the second largest Big Cat..after the tiger), were you aware that baby lions aren't only called 'cubs', they are also known as 'lionets'? I didn't know that, but I find this enormously pleasing. Almost as enjoyable as a 'spiderling' and a 'scorpling'.

But back to lions for a moment, and the photographer who is responsible for the above iconic images of these majestic beasts - George Logan.

George has been shooting Big Cats for many years and is the leading photographer for the Born Free Foundation, working directly alongside Virginia McKenna and her son Will Travers. 

You can see some of the work George has undertake for Born Free here.

George also, coincidentally, likes to run with the Big Dogs and is the photographer responsible for all of Bone Idol's incredible imagery on the website. 

We love George and we feel very lucky to have him as our photographer. Take a look at his full portfolio here.

 

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