Whether you are taking a photograph of a man eating a crocodile in the Amazon or of your pet rabbit in its cage you are enjoying the wonderful world of animal photography. Animals, like people, each have their own personality traits and characteristics that you can capture on film. To get a perfect photo it often takes patience, perseverance and an understanding of the animal's behavior. It helps if you know how they may act or react to anticipate the right moment to press the button.
When photographing animals though, you must use your common sense. Some animals may be cute and cuddly looking, but are fierce creatures and vice versa. It's not worth risking your life over a photograph. Make sure you stay a fair and safe distance from animals that aren't caged as they can be very unpredictable and harmful. Never follow an animal into its home territory or pet a young animal when its mother is present. Using a telephoto lens, zoom lens or teleconverter will let you get a good photo from a safe distance. Remember animals don't generally speak English, so you won't be able to tell them what to do or how to pose for the camera. Just be patient and let them act naturally and you should be happy with the results.