Ken Stewart catches wild animals for sale -- a job he regards with pride as that of a conservationist.
GV Vehicle down track
LV Elephants cross track
TRAVEL V Vehicle chasing herd of elephants and trying to catch small elephant (6 shots)
TV Men dragging small elephant away
GV Vehicle chases herd
SV & CU Party on foot find elephant killed by spears (4 shots)
TRAVEL V Vehicle chases small herd of rhinoceroses (4 shots)
TRAVEL SHOT Rhino lassoed
LV & SV Lassoed rhino brought to ground (3 shots)
CU Panting rhino on ground
SV Baby rhino and chased by men (2 shots)
LV Fully grown rhino runs away
SV & CU Baby rhino caught by men and put on vehicle (2 shots)
TV Animal pens at camp
TV Fully grown rhino hauled into pen
TV PAN FROM Captured small elephant to tethered rhino in next pen
CU Captured antelope watches
STV Released rhino stands up
CU Three captured young elephants
CU Captured baby rhino sucking from milk bottle (2 shots)
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Background: Ken Stewart catches wild animals for sale -- a job he regards with pride as that of a conservationist.
Mr. Stewart, a British-born Kenyan, believes that animals are better off in well-run safari parks and reserves rather than in the wilderness where their existence is constantly threatened by illegal poachers and African hunters looking for food.
The professional animal catcher sells animals such as rhinoceroses, elephants and antelopes but not to traditional zoos where the animals end up in cages.
"I detest cruelties to animals either in captivity or killed by poachers using poison darts or wire snares that tear and mutilate the animal", he says.
"Although it may sound strange, I believe in kindness towards animals even when I'm trying to catch them."
Mr. Stewart tries to avoid injuring animals so he uses ropes and sometimes tranquillising darts, which do not cause injuries.
He is also particular about chasing animals in his truck for too long, never longer than a couple of minutes. He says the stress from being chased will kill the animal.
He says that with his years of experience the risks he takes are not 'quite as terrible as they look", even driving over rough terrain full-tilt at 60 miles (97 kilometres) per hour.