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Rich Laburn

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Rich is the driving force behind Londolozi’s online storytelling and the Londolozi blog. His passions of digital media, film and photography, combined with his field-guiding background, have seen him take the Londolozi blog to new heights since he began it in 2009. Rich ...

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on Tsalala Cubs Brave Sand River

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Penny Parker
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So amazing to see them mature this way. Such awesome footage too – What a *perfect* start to my week. Have a lovely day in the bush, love from Cape Town.

Sheena
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Rich, in the two litters, do you know the gender of all the Tsalala cubs?
Wonderful footage, they are so beautiful……
May I echo Penny’s wishes, with love from the South of France!

Meghann Rosenberg
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This was so amazing to watch. The cubs are just so gorgeous! Have the younger Tsalala cubs ventured out much?

Rich Laburn
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For the most part the younger cubs spend much of their time at the den site around Marthly Pools. That said, their mother has started bringing them to feed on kills so they are getting exposed to more and more of the bush. Take a look at this post if you haven’t already – http://blog.londolozi.com/2011/08/the-tsalala-ten/ . In the next month they will continue to move around more and more and hopefully in about 3-4 months time they will be big enough to cross the Sand River like the older cubs above. Thanks for your comments. Rich

Geri Potter
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Ditto from Massachusetts, U.S. Can’t believe how much they’ve grown in 5 weeks! Still an awesome sight. Wishng you all well and continued happy sightings!

Rich Laburn
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Thank you for your kind words Geri, hope all is well in Massachusetts.

Adam Bannister
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Hi sheena, in total the Tsalala Pride now has 8 cubs. The 4 older ones which can be seen in this river crossing and the 4 much younger ones. I am not sure of the gender of the newest litter as I have not been able to get a good enough view; however with the 4 cubs seen crossing the river one is a male and 3 are little girls!

Sheena
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Thanks Adam …..

Sue Edmunds
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Thanks for fabulous video and the photos of the cubs whose eyes tell of their trepidation. But having successfully negotiated the river they will have “renewed confidence” as you say.

Rich Laburn
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Indeed, we are all waiting to see if it happens again in a few months with the younger set of cubs…. Thanks for your comments.

Ed, Karin, Kayla and Julia
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Rich and Adam,

Thanks for giving the girls an opportunity to be part of this extraordinary experience. They will treasure the memories forever.

Rich – thanks for the video and pics

Best regards,
Ed, Karin, Kayla and Julia

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