Jonathan and Angela Scott, who are both conservationists and photographers, have spent a considerable amount of their lives studying and documenting the struggles that Africa’s big cats, notably, the Marsh Pride lions, face and they have featured their knowledge in television documentaries, books, and photos. They have a documentary that is currently screening on Animal Planet and it is titled “Big Cat Tales.” The documentary gives an update on the Mara’s predators and also considers the challenges the animal life face due to climate change, a human population that is increasing continuously, and the illegal pet trade in exotic items. They give a few of the reasons why cheetahs, lions, and leopards are facing enormous threats to their existence. One threat is climate change that brings about unpredictable weather patterns. Hence, these animals find it more difficult to find prey.
- A change in climate is affecting the whole of Africa as well as the rest of the world.
- Increased tourism is putting people too close to predators which makes the animals feel threatened.
- The exotic pet trade is taking more and more animals from their natural habitats.
“Currently screening on Animal Planet, their latest series, Big Cat Tales, catches up with the Mara’s famous predators, and looks at the challenges posed by changing climate, an increasing human population and the illegal exotic pet trade.”