I recently had the great pleasure of visiting the Cat Survival Trust in Hertfordshire with professional wildlife photographer Peter Smart. The Cat Survival Trust is little known and not open to the pubic (members only) and its primary objective is to house an array of rare and incredible wild cat species for education and conservation purposes. Currently the Trust houses a number of wild cats which include the Asian Wild Cat, Serval, Caracal Asian Golden Cat, Amur Leopards, Puma, Jaguar and Snow Leopard. The following shots are of the Amur Leopard which is deemed critically endangered with approximately 45 adults left in the wild, making it the most endangered big cat in the world (yes the world!). To get up close and personal with such a rare big cat was fabulous and indeed a highlight of the day. Thanks also must go to the wonderful staff, who I hasten to add are unpaid volunteers and do a wonderful job of ensuring the survival of big cats. Many more details here: http://www.catsurvivaltrust.org/default.aspx
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