In 1982, conservationist Dr Bhagavan Antle was introduced to a
Siberian tiger cub by a zoo director visitng his clinic.
Animal-lover Antle was so enthralled by the the tiger that he
founded The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species
(T.I.G.E.R.S.) - a wildlife education organization, dedicated to
promoting global conservation in an interactive and entertaining
way. He also set up the Rare Species Fund (R.S.F.) to raise funds
in support of international wildlife conservation programs.
T.I.G.E.R.S. and the R.S.F. are based in Myrtle Beach, South
Carolina and operate four public education exhibits and yearly
productions of the highly acclaimed "The Tale of the Tiger"" show.
They have also contributed to Matabeleland Leopard and Cheetah
project in Zimbabwe, the Savannah Cheetah Foundation in South
Africa and Samutprakam Wildlife Park in Thailand. Today, Antle is
widely recognized as one of the foremost animal trainers in the
world, having worked with thousands of animals and even in
Hollywood on such films as Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and
Forrest Gump. He continues to promote the education and
conservation of endangered species and remains as enthralled as
ever by the creatures he protects. In this stunning collection of
studio photographs, Antle invites us to get up close and personal
with seven species of big cat: leopard, cheetah, lion, lynx,
ocelot, panther and tiger. Beautifully photographed by Barry Bland,
the grace and purity of the feline form is accentuated against the
blank setting of a studio background, giving these images a candid
and intimate feel. An extraordinary sense of personality shines
through alongside magnificent colors, markings and textures, shown
unhindered and up close. Including portraits of both cubs and
adults and with a profile of each photographed cat, this beautiful
book will be treasured by both artists and cat-lovers alike.