One woman documented the animals she’d been photographing over the course of a year – by framing with them.
Shannon Benson – who marketed herself as ‘Shannon Wild’ – 36, from South Africa, has walked hand in trunk with an elephant and was even licked by a leopard while she was on a safari.
The brilliant photos show up close and personal how willing some of her subjects are to get when allowed to approach, although some of the smaller creatures caused chaos as they climbed all over her camera gear.
Shannon, a wildlife photographer, lives and breathes the wild lifestyle even though she has endured a lot of scrapes along the way.
Shannon really has had a brush with the outback, from being chased by an elephant to being mauled by a cheetah.
Shannon said: ‘I’m very passionate about animals, and I wanted to get as many photos as possible.
‘I have a lot of scars and stories over the years when I’ve worked with wildlife and animals have gone too far.
‘I’ve been bitten in the face by dogs, charged by elephants, lions, and buffaloes, bitten countless times by snakes and lizards, and mauled by a cheetah, but that doesn’t discourage me.
‘The way I see it, you shouldn’t be a chef if you don’t want to get a burn from hot food, and wildlife photography is the same.
‘I am so excited by every encounter that I am surprisingly calm in most situations, even when watching a lion walking.