Face to Face with Most Dangerous Animals

Forget about BeetleCam and other devices. A British photographer risked his life as he captured these wildlife shots. Here you can see some exotic animals.

1. Jonathan Griffiths held his camera just inches away from tigers, bears and cougars as he took the pictures. (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent)

2. The 32-year-old endured minus 40 degree Celsius temperatures at a Canadian wildlife breeding reserve as he gained the trust of each animal over two or three days. (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent)

3. He enticed them with meat – mainly chicken – to photograph them close-up in his 15-month project. (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent)

4. In one photograph a lion demonstrated its raw power by swiping at his camera… (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent)

5. …and in another shot a tiger left condensation on his lens with its breath. (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent)

6. Jonathan, from Egham, in Surrey, only got a camera two years ago as a birthday present from his fiancee with the intention of photographing their newborn son. (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent)

7. However, after spending time at the local zoo, Jonathan decided he wanted to take pictures of powerful predators in the wild and researched the best places to spot them. (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent)

8. The currency trader flew to Canada, where he stayed in a lodge by a wildlife breeding reserve. He would wake up at 5.30am each day, trekking off mountain trails in search of snow leopards, wolves and black leopards. A guide at the wildlife reserve stood by his side as he came face to face with some of nature’s most dangerous animals to capture them in intimate detail. (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent)

9. Jonathan said: “At first I was quite nervous being so close to the animals as I did not know what to expect and they are wild… (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent)

10. For Jonathan the scariest moment came when he came face-to-face with a black leopard, “which made me fear for my life and I thought it could attack at any moment. It was was just mean and did not like humans full stop”. (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent)

11. “My family think I’m a bit nu* and worry about the consequences if something went wrong. But I just like getting as close as possible to get a different kind of shot.” On the approach….a Bobcat. (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent)

12. A Siberian tiger bares its teeth. (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent)

13. A Brown bear covered in snow. (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent)

14. Two Brown bears roar at the camera. (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent)

15. A Siberian tiger. (Jonathan Griffiths/Solent)


  1. monty87 says

    you are literally doing my dream job. ive always wanted a career in wildlife photography but there isnt much money in it especially since you have to dish out so much of your own money for equipment and travel. these are AWESOME pics! :)

  2. Paige says

    Um… some of these animals do not live in this terrain. Lions? they live in Africa. Without snow. Panthers also could not live in a snowy climate…

  3. Isaac says

    I’m wild life photografer, and this pictures are so prepared… I can’t understand how there are people that take this pictures and try to say they are real, it’s ok to have pictures of animals that somebody bringed to you so you can take a shot, you don’t need to lie.

  4. amanda says

    These are absolutely beautiful animals and you’d have to be a fool to come so close to them in the wild. However, I can’t complain because it turned out just fine and provided us with some excellent photos for our viewing pleasure :)

  5. says

    Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing these magnificent animals. I could almost feel the chill of the snow.

  6. Evie says

    So, forgive me for asking what may be viewed as a stupid question… but where is this man to have seen a lion in the snow?

  7. Bobby says

    Wow I bet it took lots of skill photo-shopping the chains off their necks. Seriously why is a place in canada breeding lions?! Oh wait that’s right exploitation. Its such a shame because these rich guys with deep pockets take credit away from people with the patience and real skill.

  8. shayne mason says

    im in awe ! amazing …..my brother is into taking pictures of our universe and this is just mind blowing stuff on earth. big ups

  9. Lori says

    My question is… Why do they have an African plains animal (a lion) in a climate with snow? Breeding reserve sounds more like a hunting reserve in disguise.

  10. Neil says

    Those are awesome shots. How you had the nerve to get them is amazing because it they are frightening images. Yet, you captured such majestic natural beauty that was mesmerizing to look at!

  11. Frase says

    Um, Paige….. there are Large nature reserves in north america, and here in Canada especially with Big Cats.

  12. Jesse says

    To the commenters asking where he could have gone or calling it fake because there are lions in the snow… LEARN. TO. READ. Holy frigging crap. You really felt the need to ask in the comments when you could have easily ready the text? I’m not even going to tell you.. go back & read the damn article.

  13. Stevie says

    Do any of you guys read? It’s at a breeding reserve in Canada. So a controlled environment but still mostly wild animals. Explains the snow, and these animals are probably used to seeing humans, but not being so closely around them.