Derek Cattani

Derek Cattani

About this author

Derek Cattani is an international award-winning photographer, whose career spans some four decades on assignment for many top magazines and Fleet Street newspapers including the Daily Mail and The Sunday Times. The highlight of his early career was meeting and photographing Christian, an amazing lion cub in London, and going with him and his owners to Africa. After a gentle process of introduction, Derek was able to capture all manner of images of Christian, from sitting in an open top car in Chelsea to football sessions in a high-walled garden, culminating in Christian's final adventures when he was taken back to Africa to be rehabilitated back into the wild with George Adamson, at that time the world's leading expert on lions. Derek has continued to be involved to the present day with the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust. Derek's photographs capture the early days in London and Africa with a sincere passion and convey the fun of watching Christian and the love of seeing a lion back in Africa.