In April of 2012 cinematographer Bill Mills (FLHD.tv and digitalcinehd.com) joined Piper and Heath's (piperandheath.com) Big Cat Expose on a remarkable series of safaris through S. Africa and Botswana. Kalahari Desert Camp is the second of a three part series documenting that journey.
In our generation we have seen the decline of all major cat species by 90-95%. This dire situation has recently been heightened by the motion picture The Last Lions. According to legendary National Geographic filmmaker and The Last Lions creator, Dereck Joubert: "In 1960, there were 400,000 lions living in the wild. Today, there are just 20,000."
Our guest subject matter expert on this portion of the journey was the Program Director of Cheetah Conservation Botswana, Rebecca Klein. Please visit and support Rebecca's great efforts to preserve this beautiful cat species for future generations. (cheetahbotswana.com)
Mills utilized the Panasonic HPX-250 P-2 camera system due to the weight restrictions imposed by the small bush planes.
This 10 day safari was guided by local area expert, Piper & Heath Travel owner Chris Liebenberg. Joining Chris on this adventure was professional photographer Michele Benoy-Westmorland (westmorlandimages.com). With Chris' vast African guiding experience and Michele's masterful skill with a camera, this safari succeeded on its promises to be fun and educational with every detail masterfully attended to.