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Heather Macdonald
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Amazing photos as always Talley! Of course I love the lion portrait… Stunning!

Talley Smith
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Thanks Bun!

Sheena
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Fabulous Tally – Vomba stretched out in the tree is stunning, and the shot of the southern pride ‘carpet’
is so relaxing to look at, just gorgeous, fits the ‘loving’ theme this week as well!! I loved them all! Have a good weekend and here’s to lots of loving, especially on Monday, for you!!!

Sheena
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For Monday, please read Tuesday the 14th !!!

Talley Smith
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Thanks Sheena! There is definitely a lot of loving going on at Londolozi: the other night we had a mating pair of lion and a mating pair of leopard, in the same sighting! Unfortunately no photos though, as it was a moonlit affair and not enough light 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day!

Paul
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The Southern Males, are they the sons to the Mapogo Males??

Talley Smith
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Hi Paul, no, the Southern Males were fathered by 2 males dominant in the south of the Sabi Sands in 2008/9, almost always seen with the Southern Pride during that time. They died of natural causes a couple of years ago.

suzanne gibson
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Gorgeous pictures again Talley, you can never have too many felines! I’m coming back to Founders late April – can’t wait; I’m really counting off the days now. Look out Byron!

Talley Smith
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Hi Suzanne! Thanks so much, we will be looking forward to your arrival – not so far away! 🙂

Rich Laburn
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Looking forward to seeing you back here Suzanne!

Sandy Johnson
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Wonderful pictures as always Talley. Any word on the two older Tsalala cubs that were lost after the flood?

Terry
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Another great week in pictures. Thank you. Loved the all the pictures…couldn’t pick a favorite,

Talley Smith
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Thanks Terry!

thelma
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Great pictures, Mr. Talley.. Where is the tsalala pride?… and I haven´t seen cheetas..

Talley Smith
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Thelma, unfortunately the Tsalala Pride – the lionesses with the year-old youngsters – haven’t been viewed a lot recently. After the floods we haven’t been able to traverse most of our northern sector, and think they might be there somewhere. The rest of the Pride – the four young lionesses and the ‘Older’ Tailless Female, have been viewed quite frequently – in the North, but in an accessible area. The five lionesses are doing well, but as for the rest of the Pride, we have yet to see. Cheetahs are considered a very special sighting at Londolozi, primarily because the relatively dense vegetation is not their preferred grassland habitat. If we are lucky enough to have a cheetah passing through, it tends to be in the dry winter months, when the bush isn’t as thick.

Judy Guffey
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Mike Miller says ‘you’re a fantastic team”….I say hi to Freddy. Looking forward to being back at Londolozi in December.

Talley Smith
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Thanks so much Judy – I am indeed very lucky to work with Freddy, and to have learned all that I have from Mike. We’re looking forward to seeing you in December!

Geri Potter
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Seeing the Southern Pride and how their numbers have grown, especially in the first photo of the lot, rather reminds me of teenagers and sleepovers…they all look a bit dazed! I know we humans impose human characteristics on animals, but truly, one must believe they feel emotions similar to ours. Love especially. Lovely photos Talley…you do a great job! Thank you!

Talley Smith
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Hi Geri, I am probably the worst offender at anthropomorphism, but I also think it’s a way we feel a connection to them. 🙂 Thanks so much!

Linda Holland
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Love all of the photos. It has been two years since our wonderful trip to Londolozi. I have such wonderful memories of this special place.

Talley Smith
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Thanks Linda, hopefully our updates bring you back to the time you spent here 🙂

Willy Smith
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Fabulous as always, Talley. As far as innate or learned behavior toward the croc—-I bet they have learned or know what teeth and jaws mean and if I saw a 2000lb suitcase with huge teeth opening up in my direction, I would back up too!! :0

Talley Smith
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Thanks UW! I also think huge teeth lunging towards you is universal for ‘get out of here’! What’s interesting though is that most of these predators react fearfully to just the smell of the crocodile, or larger bodies of water which might house them.

Willy Smith
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That they react to just seeing a body of water would be akin to me always thinking a big shark is waiting for me the moment I jump in! lol xx

karine GAY
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Fabulous pictures…especially the pride…
It is always a pleasure to watch them as soon i wake up ,especially when it is so cold outside…

thanx a lot

Talley Smith
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Merci Karine! I hope it warms up soon! 🙂 You can have some of our heat, it’s supposed to reach over 40 today!

Diane Wales Baillie
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Absolutely Fab photos seeing the Southern Pride and Scar nose lying near the airstrip – Awesome!!!

Talley Smith
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Thanks Diane – the male lions we get to see here are very impressive indeed. Interesting times ahead as the younger South Pride matures…

Penny Parker
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This is a gorgeous week in pictures. Thanks, and for all your great comments!

Talley Smith
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Thanks Penny!

Jane West
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Love the marabou storks Talley!! Unfortunately it’s dark and stormy here for B and B and Debs and Rob. We are all wishing we were in the Sabi Sands!

MJ
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your pictures are wonderful.. I am glad to see the recovery taking place in the bush after the devestating floods..

Thank you all for your hard work..

rangerdiaries.com
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Awesome Tally, always grateful, give me a shout when you’re in Cape Town!

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