The Mara is one of Africa’s most robust ecosystems, yet it’s also fragile. The cats that live here, especially the lions, seem invincible, but they’re not. We know these lions better than some of our friends, but we cannot afford to take their survival for granted. It’s time to learn more about the challenges they face.
~ Jonathan & Angela Scott
Since 2013, Jonathan and Angela Scott have championed and supported the Mara Predator Conservation Programme, KWT’s flagship programme. Through their photographs and television programmes, Jonathan and Angela have raised the profile of the Mara’s big cats and created a global awareness of the dangers facing the survival of big cats in this unique ecosystem.
In 2015, Jonathan was part of MPCP’s community film, Tenkaraki Ilowuarak (Because of the Predators) which provoked interesting discussions with communities on the value of living with predators and has been widely used as an outreach tool during barazas across the Mara (https://vimeo.com/130215446).
Jonathan and Angela Scott are award-winning wildlife photographers, authors and television presenters with careers spanning over 40 years. Their work has appeared in books and magazines around the world, including National Geographic, Geo, Geographical, Time, BBC Wildlife, Digital Photography, Outdoor Photographer, Outdoor Photography, Traveller, Wanderlust, EOS Magazine, Practical Photographer, Swara, Focus, Terre Savage. They have published 35 books (including a number of children’s books) and their latest project, the Sacred Nature Initiative endeavours to reveal the wonder and beauty of our world, instilling a sense of awe and concern, to INSPIRE, EDUCATE and CONSERVE. To achieve this Jonathan and Angela network with international and local organisations with similar aims such as the World Bank and the Kenya Wildlife Trust’s Mara Predator Conservation Programme exploring innovative ways of influencing policy by reaching out to decision makers and politicians around the world.
Jonathan and Angela’s latest TV series is Big Cat Tales on Animal Planet/Discovery featuring the Maasai Mara’s iconic big cats including the Marsh Pride of lions that they have followed since 1977.
To learn more about their work and the Sacred Nature Initiative, visit: www.bigcatpeople.com.
Kenya Wildlife Trust appreciates the support we receive from Jonathan and Angela and we continue to work together to find sustainable solutions to protect the welfare of predators and the people who live with them.