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Esmond Gay & Sarez Bengals - TV Show 6 of 24; "Sky News" - 18th September 1997

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Published on Dec 27, 2011

Best watched in numerical order. 6th TV programme that C. Esmond Gay and Sarah appeared on with their Bengal cats (in this instance, F2s) - "Sky News" was aired on the 18th September 1997.

There are 24 TV programmes on YouTube that Esmond and his partner, Sarah, starred on with their Bengals and other animals (although they appeared on many more). There’s also a 2 part tour of their Bedfordshire home, their Sarez cattery, their wild cat conservation programme and animal rescue sanctuary.

HISTORY OF SAREZ BENGALS:

Soon after entering the fancy in 1993, Esmond and Sarah became one of the world's preeminent breeders of Bengal cats and gained an internationally renowned reputation for breeding the rarest, the friendliest and the best quality Bengals under their "Sarez" prefix. As such, their kittens became highly sought after amongst the world's elite and the couple named many Hollywood stars and royalty amongst their clients.

Wanting to remain as close to the true wild cats that Esmond adored, he and Sarah were just one of two of breeders in Britain who were capable of breeding the rare and highly coveted early generation Bengals. They were also one of just a tiny handful of people in the world (and the only people in the UK) who succeeded in the astonishingly difficult task of hybridising from the wild leopard cat - a feat they accomplished with not just one, but with two leopard cat studs... leaving a greatly enlarged Bengal gene pool as one of their many legacies.

Esmond and Sarah's early generation work also spawned Sarez Zeus, a breath-taking one off F1 Bengal who had a staggering 90% wild blood, but who also had the loving personality of a puppy. He toppled Sarez Cato, the couple’s previous Guinness Word Record holder, and took over the title of ‘The World's Most Expensive Cat’ at £100,000… and became internationally famous, as one can see from the numerous 2003 TV programmes on this channel.

Esmond and Sarah also set up the Sarez Wild Cat Conservation Programme in which they kept ocelots, African leopards, servals and leopard cats, and they worked with highly regarded charities such as the Cat Survival Trust and the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire. They also started the Sarez Animal Rescue Sanctuary, which took in any unwanted animals - and by 2001 their sanctuary inhabitants alone numbered over 500 and comprised of scores of species (see the 1998 to 2003 TV programmes and tour). The vast costs of running these two worthy causes were funded solely via the income from the sale of their kittens.

The numerous TV programmes and 100s of newspaper and magazine articles about the couple and their cats propelled the Bengal breed into becoming one of the country’s most popular pedigree cats; however, their success also caused some animosity from within the close nit Bengal fancy. An unashamed eccentric with no fear of controversy, Esmond did things a little differently to other breeders; he had a more modern approach and bred in a manner that he felt was in the best interests of their cats and the breed. Most found this refreshing and despite the resentment from some rivals, both he and his partner were admired by the media and by all those who purchased their kittens.

And the many TV programmes and newspaper and magazine articles attest to the couple's groundbreaking work within the fancy, as well as to their great love of the Bengal breed and to all other animals.

In search of a quieter and less public life dedicated to South American felids, Esmond and Sarah retired from pedigree cat breeding in 2004.

LINKS TO NEWSPAPER & MAGAZINE ARTICLES ABOUT SAREZ BENGALS, AND MANY PHOTOS:

Click the following links (or copy them to your browser, or search ‘Esmond Gay’ on Facebook). As all these links are to Esmond’s Facebook page, if you click one, you can then click “Albums” to move to the others:

* 95+ of the newspaper and magazine articles written about the couple and their cats: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...

* Photos of Esmond and his cats with celebrity owners: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...

* 500 photos of the couple’s exotic animals (Bengals, leopards, ocelots and rescues): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...

* Esmond was a prolific writer and wrote 100s of pages of articles: Topics include leopard cats, early generation Bengals, the history of the breed, caring for Bengals, stories about celebrity buyers, as well as the history and philosophies behind the Sarez cattery. Click here to read (and many other things): http://bengalcatstoronto.com/esmondga...

* Or for JPG versions of the Bengal Cat Articles Esmond wrote, click:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...

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