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Photos: Wildlife photographer gets up close and personal in Zimbabwe

Published 11:51 AM ET, Tue April 21, 2020
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Wildlife photographer Kim Wolhuter and his family live on a 60,000-hectare reserve in Zimbabwe with wild hyenas as their neighbors. MARINELLA BERTOLUSSO
Wolhuter films wild hyenas in their natural habitat by first getting comfortable with them. Penny Wolhuter
Wolhuter believes in getting out of the vehicle and shooting on the ground at the animal's eye level. Wolfgang Moller
Wolhuter uses a truck outfitted with multiple cameras to go deep into the bush - and to get out quickly. Kim Wolhuter
Wolhuter is best known for his documentary "Man. Cheetah. Wild." Kim Wolhuter
Wolhuter says the intimate connection he was able to establish filming with cheetahs was one of the "most magical moments" of his career. TARYN BURNS
Wolhuter says his intimate POV shots are a way "to get people to 'feel' what it is like to be that animal." Kim Wolhuter
Wildlife photographer Kim Wolhuter says that predators like hyenas are wrongly vilified in popular culture and are an important part of a healthy ecosystem. Penny Wolhuter
Wolhuter acknowledges that he takes risks getting so close to dangerous animals but he believes "the risk of losing our connection to nature is far greater." Kim Wolhuter
Wolhuter says he does not take the privilege of being so intimate with these animals for granted, and feels it's his mission to help people create a closer connection with animals and nature. Kim Wolhuter