Big 5s

Marsel van Oosten

Photographer

“I won’t deny it: I’m a cat lover. As early as 3,000 BC, felines were worshipped as deities throughout different cultures, and I don’t see why we should stop now. Cats are awesome.

Of the African big cats, the leopard is by far my favourite. The name ‘leopard’ comes from the Greek word ‘leopardus’, which is a combination of ‘leon’ (lion) and ‘pardus’ (panther), so you basically get two in one. Who can resist that?

As a photographer, I like their elegant yet powerful shape, the beautiful patterns on their fur, the way that they run, climb and jump, and the fact that they know how to look drop dead gorgeous when draped on a branch or on some rocks. The aesthetics are simply unsurpassable by any other African mammal.”

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Photo by Marsel van Oosten

My Big 5

    Leopard
    Lion
    Elephant
    Wild Dog
    Rhino

Marsel van Oosten

Photographer

“I won’t deny it: I’m a cat lover. As early as 3,000 BC, felines were worshipped as deities throughout different cultures, and I don’t see why we should stop now. Cats are awesome.

Of the African big cats, the leopard is by far my favourite. The name ‘leopard’ comes from the Greek word ‘leopardus’, which is a combination of ‘leon’ (lion) and ‘pardus’ (panther), so you basically get two in one. Who can resist that?

As a photographer, I like their elegant yet powerful shape, the beautiful patterns on their fur, the way that they run, climb and jump, and the fact that they know how to look drop dead gorgeous when draped on a branch or on some rocks. The aesthetics are simply unsurpassable by any other African mammal.”

Photo by Marsel van Oosten

My Big 5

    Leopard
    Lion
    Elephant
    Wild Dog
    Rhino

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