Big 5s

Chris Schmid

Photographer

“It’s a very difficult question to choose my favourite animals because I’m really fascinated by all the big cats. But I’ll choose the cheetah.

The more time you spend next to a particular individual, the more you get attached to and you really appreciate and understand its behaviour. I can tell you I’ve so many great stories and memories about the countless hours spent next to cheetahs to better understand these amazing cats.

Cheetahs mostly hunt during the day, which also makes easier to tell their stories, and as a photographer and filmmaker, storytelling is everything. It’s also the most vulnerable of the African big cats, losing most of its prey to other predators, such as lions, hyenas and leopards. But when you see a cheetah walking, it has the unique grace of a ballet dancer and you feel hypnotised by its black ‘tear marks’. 

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My Big 5

    Cheetah
    Lion
    Jaguar
    Elephant
    Leopard

Chris Schmid

Photographer

“It’s a very difficult question to choose my favourite animals because I’m really fascinated by all the big cats. But I’ll choose the cheetah.

The more time you spend next to a particular individual, the more you get attached to and you really appreciate and understand its behaviour. I can tell you I’ve so many great stories and memories about the countless hours spent next to cheetahs to better understand these amazing cats.

Cheetahs mostly hunt during the day, which also makes easier to tell their stories, and as a photographer and filmmaker, storytelling is everything. It’s also the most vulnerable of the African big cats, losing most of its prey to other predators, such as lions, hyenas and leopards. But when you see a cheetah walking, it has the unique grace of a ballet dancer and you feel hypnotised by its black ‘tear marks’. 

Photo by Chris Schmid

My Big 5

    Cheetah
    Lion
    Jaguar
    Elephant
    Leopard

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