My 13 Favourite Animal Photographs

Animal photography is one of my favourite and one of the most challenging. They say in the industry 'Never work with Children or Animals!' which is because they never do what you want them to!

It takes a lot of patience & skill to get the photo you want with many attempts but the results are always worth it!

We are in the worst crisis of nature, the tipping point. Zoo's & wildlife parks support wildlife conservation and make sure animals can never go extinct. Obviously it would be better for them to be in the wild but it's obvious thats far from realistic with poachers and their natural habitats reducing.

1. Lion Cub - I taken this at Cotswold Wildlife Park, they are very playful and timid compared to their giant father.

2. Elephant - This young elephant was making a mess playing in the puddles much the watchful eye of its parents!. Elephant are endangered, WWF suggests their more being poached than being born.

3. Fox - This was taken in my garden, i've never seen a fox in the daytime, it was incredible to see wondering in my garden, I never seen it again.

4. Bornean Orangutan - This was taken at Chester Zoo, this reminds me how we as children cling on to our parents, the parents will do anything to protect them. Bornean orangutan populations have declined by more than 50% over the past 60 years, and the species' habitat has been reduced by at least 55% over the past 20 years.

5. Leopard - The majestic Clouded leopard, from Himalayas listed as vulnerable due to deforestation. One of my favourite animals, I love cats! A must see in real life!

6. Lion - The Lion's gaze is the most powerful of all, together with its raw is an incredible feat of nature.

7. The Red Panda - Attack! Aw... Native to Himalayas, classified as Endangered due to habitat loss and poaching.

8. Bornean Orangutan - I taken this emotive picture at Twycross Zoo, Bornean Orangutan's are critically endangered, conservation seems to be the only way at the moment.

9. Snow Leopard - A rare close up of the elusive Snow Leopard - Like most big cats, are endangered, research, protection & conservation is essential. This was taken at Dudley Zoo, we waited a long time in the cold, as you can see, for this great photo opportunity.

10. Blue Tit on the left and Great Tit right/back - Don't forget bird feeding can make a real difference to their survival during winter months & you get a great view!

11. Deer - A Deer in Morning Fog — at National Trust - Charlecote Park.

12. Clouded Leopard - The incredible Clouded leopard, from Himalayas listed as vulnerable due to deforestation. A Coventry & Warwickshire Photographer.

13. Lion & Cub - An incredible moment when a cub embraces his stubborn father.

Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970. Globally we are all using the planet’s resources faster than nature can restore itself. “We are the 1st generation to know we are destroying our planet & the last one that can do anything about it.”

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