for coming on the show. -Thank you for having me.
Absolute privilege. -Now, you grew up in
South Africa and live there now? -I did, yes. I grew up in the
northern parts of South Africa, in a small town
called Phalaborwa. I just grew up
with a love for nature. I’d spend weekends in
Kruger National Park, and my dad
was a keen photographer. So that’s where I got
the love of photography for, and this love of nature
and what I do today. -Wait till you guys see
these photos that — Maybe explain what your company
is, Wild Eye. -Yeah. So, Wild Eye, we’re based in
Johannesburg in South Africa. And I think what makes us
a little bit different is that you’re dealing with
Africans in Africa. It might sound silly, but it’s people that know
the lay of the land. We know the areas we travel to.
We know the camps. We know when’s the best time to
visit different places, and I think that’s what
differentiates us and makes us a little bit
special in that sense. So, when you come on
safari with us, you’re getting people
that truly know the place. -And you end up with
amazing photographs. -Absolutely. We know the best places to visit
during the best times of year. And our slogan
and what we believe in, is to change the way
you see the world. That’s something
at the core of our business. And that’s truly what I think
we’re able to do. -Where did you — where would
you go to see this? Or knew how perfect this shot
was going to be? -Yeah, so that’s in Zimbabwe in
a place called Mana Pools, which is very, very dear to me. -It looks like a painting.
-Absolutely. And it’s kind of a right moment. And I think what we love doing is getting our guests
to that right moment. Making sure that they see
the best thing at the right time of day. That kind of light, you don’t
just get any time of day, right? -No. -And actually taken on foot
walking with these buffalos, as well, outside of a vehicle, and so that adds
to the experience, which is something
very important on a safari. -How would you even get
a shot like this? -Captured in Brazil. Yeah, all about timing. And something that we focus on on our safaris
is photographic tuition. And we draw
a lot of photographers. That is split-second timing. A little bit before,
a little bit after and it wouldn’t have had
such a big impact. -Yeah.
-Yeah. -Do you have a —
I mean, look at this. What even is this?
I don’t even know. [ Laughter ] -It’s a beautiful animal, right?
-Gorgeous. -And it’s something that
few people have ever seen. I mean, this is probably
the third or fourth time in my whole career or life
that I’ve seen one. It’s a black-bellied pangolin. And something that I love doing
in my photography is shedding light on animals
such as this, which is — many people don’t know this —
the most trafficked mammal in the world today is this,
is a pangolin. -Geez. -And you think
rhinos and elephants, which are also endangered. But this is in fact the number
one animal trafficked today. So, part of what I love doing is
shedding light on this and being able tell
a conservation story. Not just share a beautiful
photograph, you know? -Yeah, absolutely. I mean, when you see these
animals and really see them, you’d probably think twice.
-Absolutely. -Do you ever get scared when
you’re taking these photos? -Fearless, absolutely fearless. -Are you?
[ Laughter ] I get scared looking at
some of these photos. I wouldn’t go near a pangolin. I don’t know what that thing
would do to me. I don’t know how it reacts.
-No, no. -Am I safe when I’m with you? I mea, are we in a jeep? Paint the picture for me. -So, for the most part you’re
in a jeep, a safari vehicle. Go driving about. There are some instances
where you leave the vehicle, maybe approach animals on foot in certain particular
destinations. Not all of them. But for the most part
you’re pretty safe. And we look after you very well. -This one animal probably sticks
in your brain the most. -Out of all the animals
I’ve experienced and seen, it’s not often that you connect
with one animal that much. You see so many traveling
as much as we do. -Tell me — what’s his name? -This guy, Scar is his name. And he’s a lion found
in the Masai Mara in Kenya. We spend a lot of time
in the mara. And he’s such a character. And his name is inspired by
“The Lion King,” right? -Yeah.
-And he fits the bill so much. And he’s just a mean —
quite a grumpy character, quite aggressive, but he’s
about 14 years old now, which is much older than
male lions tend to get. And he’s still dominant
and still has a pride. And generally
they only have a pride from ages of about 7 to 10,
and he’s still at it. So he’s just a powerful,
mean-looking lion. And I love him so much that I got this tattoo of him
on my arm, which is — Yeah, of Scar,
the exact same lion. One of my photographs. He’s just a memorable lion. The most famous lion in Africa,
without a doubt. -Wow.
-Unbelievable cat. -How do people find out
more information about what you’re doing? -So, you can go to our website,
wild-eye.com. Or you can find me on Instagram. So, check me out on there —
@Marlondutoit. I do a lot of updates,
especially when I’m on safari. Yeah. -Please come back and talk to us
and bring more pictures. -Thank you.
-It was a pleasure meeting you. Marlon du Toit, everyone.
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