Five Big Cats and a Camera
By Jacqui Taffel
January 22, 2006
Owen Newman and Amanda Barrett have spent 14 years documenting the lives of big cats.
ABC Date Sunday January 22Time7:30 PM
Ah, the dulcet tones of David Attenborough. All's well in the world of wildlife documentary, although, oddly, he's not credited here as the narrator.
Owen Newman and Amanda Barrett have spent 14 years documenting the lives of big cats - meaning lions and such rather than obese tabbies. Their first subject was the cheetah, and since then they've tracked down some of the rarest African wild cat species, including the serval and the caracal.
The footage they've shot under difficult circumstances is incredible. It's also interesting to glimpse the human stories behind the camera and the specialised filming techniques they have developed over the years.
It's not hard to understand the pair's obsession with these animals when you see them in action - a cheetah in full flight using its tail as a rudder to change direction at speed; a leopard stalking at night, delicately deciding where to place the next paw; serval kittens being chased by an elephant. One sequence, pronounces Attenborough, is "one of the most memorable moments I've ever seen captured on camera", so it must be pretty good.
For the cats,
Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 150 big cats
12802 Easy Street
813.920.4130 fax 885.4457 cell 493.4564
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