SOUTH AFRICA: TIGER CANYONWith Olga Kent Nov 2021
Before Man populated our earth in unimaginable proportions, animals could naturally move, according to their instinct, to places where they could live in relative peace. In nature, nothing is ever certain, but they could adapt to their environment and reproduce.
Today, our planet is in crisis because nature and animals no longer have enough space.
Tiger Canyon is a prime example of a partnership between humans and endangered species. An ecosystem where a semi-desert landscape becomes a refuge for tigers and a unique ecotourism destination for visitors. Tiger Canyon’s tigers have inspired a community to develop an innovative project that allows these exotic predators to thrive among humans and share their fate. Tiger Canyon is a new conservation model where nature lovers can visit and feel the energy of the most powerful animal on this earth, the Tiger. Free in the wild. The goal is reintroducing tigers back into their original Asian environment.
Already working with the “Endangered Wildlife Trust” who has created a cheetah metapopulation in Africa, the reserve helps them manage their breeding and relocate young cheetahs to other suitable reserves when they are independent and hunting for themselves.
Here, we had 3 unforgettable days of closeness with two female Guepards, Zambizi and her mother, Mara. They accepted us in their intimacy without letting us cross the limit of their vital space. The emotions were at their peak when we rested with them, in the shelter of a tree, for a very long nap.
Tigers are not a species you can tame. It is in the shelter of our 4X4, driven by Robert Redford Junior, that we could approach them. Without this fragile protection, these majestic creatures would have swallowed us in less than a minute.
My photos reflect for the most part what we experienced, except for the “Beauty and the Beast” which is the result of a montage.
We were in “Out fo Africa”, we would have liked to stay there.