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Big Cat Diary: Episode 1  (1996)

Jonathan Scott watching a lion pride feeding on a carcass for Big Cat Diary

In the heart of Kenya's Masai Mara National Park, wildlife filmmakers Simon King and Jonathon Scott explore the daily lives of the region's big cat population. Introducing the Marsh lion pride, Half-Tail the leopard and Fundi the cheetah, this production was the first ever episode in the BBC's long-running series of Big Cat Diary.

An in-depth and sometimes emotional account of the life and times of this vast park, the series proved hugely popular with the public, with each season looking at new families and revisiting old regulars.

Through the world-famous cinematography of the BBC's Natural History Unit the drama, beauty and mystique of these engaging animal families is brought to life. Fundi's hyperactive cubs play-fight noisily, the Marsh family relax in the long grass and Half-Tail quietly stalks the area's numerous impalas.

Capturing both the beauty and harsh reality of life in the Masai Mara, Big Cat Diary provides an absorbing insight into these magnificent felines and their struggle to survive and raise families in a bountiful yet highly competitive environment.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
Woodlands
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2
Email: motiongallery.uk@bbc.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com

Film credits

Associated Broadcaster: Discovery Channel
Dubbing Mixer: Jonathon Jenkins
Editor: Andrew Chastney
Editor: Mark Fox
Graphic Design: Burrell Durrant Hifle
Music: David Poore
Online Editor: Tim Bolt
Photography: Martyn Colbeck
Photography: Martin Dohrn
Photography: Richard Canniclifft
Photography: Alan Hayward
Photography: Simon King
Photography: Richard Matthews
Photography: Gavin Thurston
Presenter: Simon King
Presenter: Jonathan Scott
Production: Lizzie Bewick
Production: Tania Dorrity
Production: Marguerite Smits van Oyen
Production: Matt Thompson
Production: Mandy Knight
Production: Louise Heren
Production: Jon Cox
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Senior Producer: Robin Hellier
Senior Producer: Keith Scholey
Sound: Lyndon Bird
Sound: Mike Burgess
Sound: Kevin Meredith
Sound: Andy Milk
Sound: Chris Taylor
Clips
Half-Tail and her cub
Half-Tail and her cub
Hunting - a family affair
Hunting - a family affair
An intimate look at Africa's big cats
An intimate look at Africa's big cats
Fundi's family
Fundi's family
Stills
Shadow, a female leopard from Big Cat Diary
Shadow, a female leopard from Big Cat Diary
Keith Scholey and assistant on location working on Big Cat Diary
Keith Scholey and assistant on location working...
Jonathon Scott (left) and Simon King, presenters of Big Cat Diary
Jonathon Scott (left) and Simon King, presenters...
Jonathan Scott watching a lion pride feeding on a carcass for Big Cat Diary
Jonathan Scott watching a lion pride feeding...
Simon King being filmed for Big Cat Diary
Simon King being filmed for Big Cat Diary