After my work on ‘Racing Stripes’ was
completed my wife Julie and I took our 2 boys Matt and Ethan to
Africa during October of last year for a series of safaris.
We visited Pilansberg Game Reserve in South Africa where there was
an abundance of Rhinos, Elephants and baboons.
We then flew to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwae, to see the falls at sunset.
The next morning we were driven to Chobe National Park, Botswana,
where we were able to see about 1000 of the 100,000 elephants that
inhabit the park. As well as leopards, lions, hippos, zebras there
were many spectacular native birds of Botswana. A boat trip along
the river was a highlight during which we watched an Elephant swim
from one side of the river to the other.
We then flew in a small plane into the Okavango Delta which is also
in Botswana. Here the wildlife was different again with many more
antelope, birds, hyenas and lions.
This was a real treat for me to get so close to these animals and
to see them in their natural habitat. Of course the animals everyone
wants to see are the big cats who can be very uninterested in getting
photographed and do all that they can to become invisible.
We are all looking forward to returning to
Africa some day to visit Kenya and Tanzania.
John Cox has 25 years experience in the visual
effects industry and is the director of Australia's leading creature
effects company, John Cox's Creature Workshop. His company specialises
in the concept, design and manufacture of fantasy creatures, characters
and realistic animals. Large scale projects include the terrifying
creatures in the Universal Pictures feature "Pitch Black"
and feature characters in the Warner Brothers/Atlas Entertainment
production "Scooby Doo".
Recent productions include ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Racing
Stripes’ which will be released in 2005.
John received a 1995 Academy Award for Visual Effects for the movie
'Babe' and in 1999 was elected as a voting member of the Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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