Course Venues

Venues for our Standardised Photography Courses and Photo Days
Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo is one of Europe’s finest zoos. It is located (as the name suggests) in Colchester, Essex on 60 acres of parkland around lakes. With over 260 animal species, including Big Cats like Amur leopards and tigers, the zoo offers a wide variety of animal subjects for our courses. The management and staff of the zoo work constantly to develop the enclosures further to benefit the animals and the visitors at the same time.

As all our venues, Colchester Zoo is actively involved in wildlife conservation. The zoo is part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme (EEP), runs its own wildlife habitat rehabilitation programme in South Africa and supports through its charity trust ‘Action For The Wild’ many other wildlife conservation projects in the wild.

Our courses will include practical exercises around any animals, participants would like to see and photograph, in the morning and the Big Cats (Amur leopards and tigers as well as lions) in the afternoon. Although, we don’t have special access to any of the animals, the wildlife keepers support our photography exercises by placing the meat in good positions or doing something special with the animals during their scheduled encounters.

For more information on our photography courses at Colchester Zoo please follow this Photography Courses at Colchester Zoo link.


Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens is a family run business that opened to the public in 1970. Today it is one of the UK’s largest zoological collections, which is located on more than 160 acres of beautiful parkland near Oxford. The park has more than 250 different species of animals, birds and insects, which include of course Big Cats; Amur leopard and Asiatic lions.

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens is involved in wildlife conservation through the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme. Furthermore, the park is funding wildlife conservation projects in the wild. The projects in the wild include ‘Project Bamboo Lemur’, which the park helped to initiate, and anti-rabies vaccination work in Tanzania, done by Tusk Trust.

Participants of our photography courses at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens will be able to practise their newly learnt skills with the Amur leopard and Asiatic lions as well as many other wildlife species. As with most of our photography courses, you will be able to learn how to take natural wildlife photos. Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, offers also the chance to experiment with other photography areas like macro (with flowers) and landscape (with the parkland). Our courses are focused on wildlife, but if participants wish to explore these areas, we are happy to accommodate this (provided all participants are in agreement).

For more information on the photography courses at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens please follow this Photography Courses at Cotswold Wildlife Park link.


Cat Survival Trust

The Cat Survival Trust is home to a selection of cat species from across the world. The trust was originally established to breed cats and release them later into the wild. As the trust’s management realised that this is extremely expensive and not very successful, they have turned their attention now mainly to protecting cat habitat and through this cat species in the wild. Currently they own 10,000 acres in Argentina, where the cat population has almost doubled since the Cat Survival Trust took the property over.

At their headquarter in Hertfordshire the Cat Survival Trust does still breed snow leopards and they house cats that were in need for a new home; e.g. surplus cats from zoos and wildlife parks as well as wild cats from illegal private collections.

For our practical exercises we will be able to get close to the enclosure fence, meaning our participants will be able to avoid having it in the photos (safety briefing will be provided and will need to be followed closely). During our morning and afternoon practical exercises you should be able to see most of the cats, though it is their decision whether they would like to come and pose for our photos.

For more information on our photography courses at the Cat Survival Trust please follow this Photography Courses and Days at the Cat Survival Trust link.


Rutland Falconry & Owl Centre

Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre is home to various species of birds of prey and in addition has also some leopards. The centre is located in woodlands near the Rutland Waters and offers through this a good setting to practise wildlife photography.

Photography for Big Cats is very privileged to be able to take our customers also into the wildlife sanctuary part, where our course participants will be able to take photos of the leopards (a unique opportunity). The leopards, which have found here a new home, come from zoos and wildlife parks.

The remote setting of the centre provides fantastic photo opportunities, in view of the birds as well as the leopards. For more information on our photo days at the Rutland Falconry & Owl Centre please follow this Photo Days at Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre link.