Stephen McCloud, Big Cat Photo­grapher, Dies

A golden tabby tiger lying down with blurred woods in background
This is Sahib, rescued from New Jersey and one of the many amazing pictures Stephen photographed at EFRC in Indiana

Stephen D. McCloud, 75, died in his home on Tuesday, May 9, 2023.

He was a systems programmer with the University of Indiana for 35 years until his retirement in 2014. He facilitated advancements in computing for the university, in both hardware and software.

Stephen volunteered at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center from 2001 until 2020 and took the best photos ever taken of the cats, according to the Center. They were published in a series of books by the Indiana University Press.

He was a great friend and supporter of Tigers in America®.

His books are:
(Click the covers to find these books at booksellers and libraries)

Stephen heard about the Center in a casual conversation with a friend and decided to take his camera and visit in 2006. In three years, Stephen and his camera have spent hundreds of hours at the Center. He has taken the time to get to know each of the cats: their likes, their dislikes, their quirks, and their stories. The affection he has for them is clearly reflected in his photographs.

Tucked away in the woods near Center Point, Indiana, the Exotic Feline Rescue Center currently houses about 200 rescued big cats at this lush 108-acre sanctuary. Stephen’s follow up to Saving the Big Cats, is a 100 color photograph collection of the resident big cats, old and new, showcased with loving detail. The affection and admiration he holds for each cat is reflected in these stunning portraits.

EFRC is a nationally recognized leader in big cat rescue, conservation, and care. Almost all these cats are survivors of abuse and neglect. In this follow-up to Saving the Big Cats and Real Stories of Big Cat Rescues, Stephen showcases the newest residents. Readers will be fascinated by the stories of these incredible feline predators. It includes a foreword by Tigers in America founder Bill Nimmo.