The 250-acre safari attracts nearly a million visitors a year. The 250-acre safari attracts nearly a million visitors a year. The 250-acre safari attracts nearly a million visitors a year. (Photo: Amir Terkel)

This drone video of an animal safari will stop you in your tracks

Mesmerizing morning montage is the work of one intrepid man.

Drone photography is having a moment. Whether it's filming a wedding, an ancient palace or a hobbit house, the medium offers a fresh perspective on everyday scenes. Combine that with videos of animals in the wild, their unfettered beauty as they gallop and galavant in their natural habitats, and you have quite a breathtaking montage.

The video below was recently filmed at the Ramat Gan Animal Safari just outside of Tel Aviv, Israel, by cameraman Amir Terkel, who just launched his Aerial Filming Sky Video company. Terkel is an alumnus of Tel Aviv University, where he studied both anthropology and filmmaking. "Drones are a game-changer in the filming world and allow us fantastic and affordable ways to capture images that we could not do before," he said. "That may sound like a cliché, but it really is true."

The Ramat Gan Safari is home to 83 species of mammals, 92 species of birds and 23 species of reptiles. The safari, founded in 1974, participates in 60 international and local endangered species breeding programs primarily within the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria.

The safari is also home to a wildlife hospital that treats more than 2,000 animals a year. That new facility, which opened in 2010, has surgery rooms and state-of-the-art equipment for a research laboratory and X-ray imaging.

The safari makes international news whenever babies arrive, which has happened often in recent years with the births of newborn rhinos, gibbons and sand cats. It's also where porcupines can find love and lions face off against bowling balls. In other words, it's just a typical day in the animal kingdom.

The safari was opened more than 40 years ago.The safari was opened more than 40 years ago. (Photo: Amir Terkel)


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