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Alex Jordan

Field Guide

Born in Cape Town, Alex grew up on a family wine estate in Stellenbosch. Spending much of his young life outdoors, Alex went on many a holiday into Southern Africa’s national parks and wild areas. After finishing high school, he completed a number ...

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on What is the Rarest Animal to See at Londolozi?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Amazing sighting. Still high on my bucket list.

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

Wow, a black mamba and a pangolin the same morning! Unbelievable! Loved the pics and especially loved the video! What a lucky day you had! Thanks for sharing, Alex!

Wendy Macnicol
Explorer

I have never seen such a wonderful close up of a Pangolin – in fact, I have never seen one at all in the Bush. We have seen Aardvark twice at Mabula and once an Aardwolf did a wee in front of the Landdrover in the nice soft earth of the road. When he had finished, he covered the hole tidily and went trundling off again into the Bush. It was around 6 in the evening for the Aardvark sightings and around mid afternoon I seem to remember for the Aardwolf. We were delighted with all the sightings of course! Blessings to all. Wendy

Bonnie Olson
Explorer

I love seeing this pangolin! Thank you for sharing it here.

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

Thank you. It was an amazing experience

Lucie Easley
Senior Digital Ranger

Congratulations, Alex, on such a wonderful sighting of this beautiful creature, and for sharing the photos and video with all of us.

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

Thank you so much Lucie

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

How incredible to be able to view this Pangolin at such close range. Your photos are amazing as well as the video. I’m still holding out hope to see one – five trips to Africa and it’s eluded me each time. Oh well, something to look forward to seeing on my next trip.

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

Keep those fingers crossed and you never know. I have been fortunate to experience the bush my entire life growing up and it’s a first for me but one never knows. Someone could experience safari for the first time and encounter one. Very lucky.

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

I am still waiting for my caracal, but wonderful sighting

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

Hahaha. A Caracal would be right up there. Caracal are not endangered but a very rare and special sighting at Londolozi if one is fortunate to encounter one. This due to high predator numbers which could pose a threat to their survival.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Wow! Sighting of a lifetime & great photos to prove it!

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

Exactly that. Thank you so much

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

I find this absolutely fascinating and what excellent images! A pangolin looks almost prehistoric. Sad to hear they are endangered. So glad you saw this. I hope to one day! Again, great job Alex.

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

Thank you Joanne. Hopefully one day you too can experience one alive and well at Londolozi

Yoh! This would be a dream sighting! Amazing!

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

It was indeed

Ashraf Refat
Explorer

Brilliant !!

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

Thank you

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Absolutely out of this world!!! I can count on one hand the number of my friends who have seen a pangolin!! You’ve basically won the lottery!!

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

Exactly how i felt Callum. It was a memory guests and i will always remember

Gillian Lacey
Explorer

Last year I went to the Natural History Museum in London to see the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition which they have on display. All the photos were stunning whether for subject matter or technical brilliance but there was one photo that particularly stuck in my mind. It was of thousands of frozen dead pangolin that had been intercepted by customs as they were being smuggled out of Africa. As illustrated by the video clip in the blog because pangolins roll up in defence they are an easy target for human smugglers. It was a tragic and ghastly photo and puts into perspective the rarity of these creatures.
In contrast wonderful to see this creature living at Londolozi – long may it continue

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

Thanks so much Gillian. That must have been a horrible sight, yet i am sure it aids in creating awareness about this wonderful yet endangered creatures.

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

Alex, Holy cow, they do exist at Londolozi! How “lucky” for Lucky to find one and for you to also get video and photos – close up! Thanks so much for sharing that amazing sighting!

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