Jonathan Scott (zoologist)
Jonathan Scott (born 1949 in London) is an English zoologist and wildlife photographer specializing in African wildlife. He was brought up on a farm in Berkshire, England. He spends much of his time in the Masai Mara National Game Reserve in southwest Kenya and the Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania.
He and his wife Angie, who is also a wildlife photographer, have traveled the world to film wildlife for a number of projects, including segments for Wild Things (Paramount Productions) and the series Elephant Diaries, for which he worked with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Much of their work focuses on big cats, though they also enjoy spending time with the Maasai herdsmen and their families who live in the Masai Mara.
Jonathan has been resident naturalist at various camps in Africa, narrated episodes of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, was a co-presenter of the BBC programme Big Cat Diary (for which Angie acts as spotter and still photographer), guest lectured on the Explorer (an Antarctic expedition cruise ship), wrote the text and took the photographs for his book The Leopard's Tale, and sells limited edition prints of his own pen and ink drawings.
He was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 1987 and received the Cherry Kearton Medal from the Royal Geographical Society in 1994; in 1996 he was awarded an African Travel and Tourism Association Award. Angie also won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in 2002, making them the only couple to have both won individually.
He and Angie have a son, David, and a daughter, Alia.
As stated above, Scott was a co-host of Big Cat Diary. Along with other zoologists, Scott tracked down and documented the lives of several big cats. His co-host Simon King documented the lives of the Marsh Pride lions (currently led by dominant male Claude and Romeo) and the life of a solo female lioness, Bibi, who had cubs but was shunned from the Marsh Pride. During all this Scott documented the cheetah Kike with her 3 nine-month-old cubs while Saba Douglas-Hamilton documented the lives of leopard Bella and her two cubs (Chui and unnamed female).
In 2011, Jonathan and Angie joined the SanDisk Extreme Team.
- Jonathan and Angela Scott home page
- Jonathan Scott: a wild life in Africa on BBC Nature
- SanDisk Extreme Team including a portfolio of shots
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