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For many years, photographer Anup Shah has been using hidden cameras to capture the individual personalities of wild animals in East Africa’s Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.

‘For me, shooting from a distance results in images that have a detached feel,' says Shah. 'But by minimising the photographic distance with remote cameras, you get a sense that you are part of the herd and closely engaged with the animals in a more intimate way. A fuller range of emotions opens up when you enter the world of a wild animal in its private space. It adds another dimension of drama that is difficult to achieve with conventional photography’.


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African lion (Panthera leo) mature male approaching with curiosity, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, March - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African lion (Panthera leo) mature male approaching with curiosity, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, March
Common or plains zebra (Equus quagga burchelli) herd heading for the Mara River. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Common or plains zebra (Equus quagga burchelli) herd heading for the Mara River. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) approaching with curiosity. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) approaching with curiosity. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) reaching out with its trunk to sense - wide angle perspective. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. February - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) reaching out with its trunk to sense - wide angle perspective. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. February
African lion cubs (Panthera leo) drinking from a puddle, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. September - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African lion cubs (Panthera leo) drinking from a puddle, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. September
African Lion (Panthera leo) head portrait of juvenile male, showing teeth in aggressive display, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. April - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African Lion (Panthera leo) head portrait of juvenile male, showing teeth in aggressive display, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. April
African Lion (Panthera leo) head portrait of juvenile male reaching out with his paw, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. March - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African Lion (Panthera leo) head portrait of juvenile male reaching out with his paw, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. March
Olive baboon (Papio anubis) juveniles watching with curiosity. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Olive baboon (Papio anubis) juveniles watching with curiosity. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
Black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas) feeding on a wildebeest carcass. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas) feeding on a wildebeest carcass. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
Black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas) feeding on a wildebeest carcass - wide angle perspective Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas) feeding on a wildebeest carcass - wide angle perspective Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) young male approaching with curiosity. Masai Mara Nationa Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) young male approaching with curiosity. Masai Mara Nationa Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) young male approaching with curiosity. Masai Mara Nationa Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) young male approaching with curiosity. Masai Mara Nationa Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
Cape / African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) approaching camera with curiosity, wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. September - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Cape / African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) approaching camera with curiosity, wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. September
Common or plains zebra (Equus quagga burchelli) and Eastern white-bearded wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) mixed herd running. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera... - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Common or plains zebra (Equus quagga burchelli) and Eastern white-bearded wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) mixed herd running. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera...
Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) aged about 2 years watching with curiosity with the rest of the clan in the background. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) aged about 2 years watching with curiosity with the rest of the clan in the background. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) peering at remote camera with curiosity. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) peering at remote camera with curiosity. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
Spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) approaching with curiosity. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) approaching with curiosity. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
Thomson's gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii) gathering at the Mara River. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Thomson's gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii) gathering at the Mara River. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
Vertvet monkey (Chlorocebus / Cercopithecus aethiops) running, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, March - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Vertvet monkey (Chlorocebus / Cercopithecus aethiops) running, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, March
Savanna baboon, olive race (Papio cynocephalus anubis) head portrait of male, reaching out. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. August - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Savanna baboon, olive race (Papio cynocephalus anubis) head portrait of male, reaching out. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. August
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) investigating with its trunk, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. March - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) investigating with its trunk, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. March
Eastern White-bearded Wildebeest herd (Connochaetes taurinus) and Common / Plains zebra (Equus quagga burchellii) running away from the Mara River after crossing - wide angle perspective. Masai Mara N... - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Eastern White-bearded Wildebeest herd (Connochaetes taurinus) and Common / Plains zebra (Equus quagga burchellii) running away from the Mara River after crossing - wide angle perspective. Masai Mara N...
Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) crossing the Mara River - wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. August 2009. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) crossing the Mara River - wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. August 2009.
Thomson's gazelles (Eudorcas thomsonii) following a herd of Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) as they cross the Mara River, wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. September - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Thomson's gazelles (Eudorcas thomsonii) following a herd of Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) as they cross the Mara River, wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. September
Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) emerging from the Mara River - wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. August 2009. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) emerging from the Mara River - wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. August 2009.
Olive baboon (Papio cynocephalus anubis) portrait, with African elephants (Loxodonta africana) in the background. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. February - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Olive baboon (Papio cynocephalus anubis) portrait, with African elephants (Loxodonta africana) in the background. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. February
Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) approaching with curiosity. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) approaching with curiosity. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
Inquisitive African lion cubs (Panthera leo) wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. August - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Inquisitive African lion cubs (Panthera leo) wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. August
African Lion (Panthera leo) juvenile reaching out with curiosity, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. March - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African Lion (Panthera leo) juvenile reaching out with curiosity, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. March
African lion (Panthera leo) mature male, passing by, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, March - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African lion (Panthera leo) mature male, passing by, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, March
Eastern white-bearded wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) and Common or Plains zebra (Equus quagga burchelli) mixed herd running. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera... - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Eastern white-bearded wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) and Common or Plains zebra (Equus quagga burchelli) mixed herd running. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera...
Common / Plains Zebra (Equus quagga burchellii) adult leaping as herd runs away from the Mara River - wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. September - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Common / Plains Zebra (Equus quagga burchellii) adult leaping as herd runs away from the Mara River - wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. September
Common or Plains zebra herd crossing the Mara River - wide angle perspective (Equus quagga burchellii). Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Common or Plains zebra herd crossing the Mara River - wide angle perspective (Equus quagga burchellii). Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
Low level view of Lesser flamingos taking off (Phoeniconaias minor) Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. July 2007. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Low level view of Lesser flamingos taking off (Phoeniconaias minor) Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. July 2007.
Low level view of Lesser flamingos taking off - wide angle perspective (Phoeniconaias minor) Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. Jul 2007 - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Low level view of Lesser flamingos taking off - wide angle perspective (Phoeniconaias minor) Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. Jul 2007
African elephants (Loxodonta africana) gathering at a waterhole. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephants (Loxodonta africana) gathering at a waterhole. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) group drinking from waterhole - wide angle perspective. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. March - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) group drinking from waterhole - wide angle perspective. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. March
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) herd feeding on trees - wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. August - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) herd feeding on trees - wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. August
African Lioness (Panthera leo) and cubs curiously approaching, low angle, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. February - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African Lioness (Panthera leo) and cubs curiously approaching, low angle, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. February
Lion (Panthera leo) old male with one eye standing next to a kill. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Lion (Panthera leo) old male with one eye standing next to a kill. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
White-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) feeding on the carcass of a Common or Plains zebra. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / White-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) feeding on the carcass of a Common or Plains zebra. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) carcass covered in flies, with vultures in the background - wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. February - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) carcass covered in flies, with vultures in the background - wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. February
Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) male defending a kill from vultures after lions have finished - wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. February - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) male defending a kill from vultures after lions have finished - wide angle perspective, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. February
White-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) and Black-back jackal (Canis mesomelas) feeding from the carcass of a Cape buffalo (Cyncerus caffer) - wide angle perspective. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya... - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / White-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) and Black-back jackal (Canis mesomelas) feeding from the carcass of a Cape buffalo (Cyncerus caffer) - wide angle perspective. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya...
White-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) feeding from the carcass of a Cape buffalo (Cyncerus caffer) - wide angle perspective. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. February - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / White-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) feeding from the carcass of a Cape buffalo (Cyncerus caffer) - wide angle perspective. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. February
Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) and White-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) feeding from the carcass of a Cape buffalo (Cyncerus caffer) covered with flies - wide angle perspective. Masai Mara... - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) and White-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) feeding from the carcass of a Cape buffalo (Cyncerus caffer) covered with flies - wide angle perspective. Masai Mara...
Black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas) feeding on a wildebeest carcass. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas) feeding on a wildebeest carcass. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus).head portrait of juvenile peering curiously, wide angle perspective Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. March - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus).head portrait of juvenile peering curiously, wide angle perspective Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. March
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