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.

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

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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)

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

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

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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

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

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

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