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Shaaz Jung is a talented wildlife photographer who grew up being enchanted by the jungle, specifically black panthers
His passion turned into an obsession when his ultimate goal became to learn more about these mysterious big cats.
He spent years in the Kabini Forest in India chasing his dream, and he returned with some of the most beautiful photos.
“I spent two and a half years in the Kabini Forest, between December 2017 and January 2020, on a filming permit,” he told Bored Panda.
“This filming permit allowed [me and the team] to make a documentary on the black panther for National Geographic.”
“This black panther is a leopard with an abundance of melanin. Unlike other cats in the Kabini Forest, there is only one black panther.”
“This of course makes him far more difficult to photograph. However, since 2015… photographers have been fortunate enough to see him and take pictures.”
“We are, however, the first to make a dedicated movie on him.”
This demanding project has taught everyone who was working on it the art of patience. “It’s been an incredible journey.”
“I would like to thank the Karnataka Forest Department for protecting these forests.”
“Their hard work enables us to catch glimpses of these beautiful animals that are thriving in our Indian forests.”
“The camera allowed me to take photographs, immortalizing these moments, relishing life, and inspiring the world.”
“Wildlife is unpredictable and I love the challenge of tracking your subject before you can photograph it. It feels far more rewarding.”
All image credits go to shaazjung, check out more of his stunning work on his Instagram page!