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Marinda Drake
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Great blog Gavin. Awesome experience.

Mary Moy
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21st November 2011 in Sth Luangwa N.P we had seen her kill in a tree in the afternoon and came back after dark where she was just lying on the sand.
Very similar to this blog, we were there for about half an hour. Amazing.

Jill Grady
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Wonderful photos Gavin and I loved hearing about your experience. I was at Londolozi in Sept. 2013 and felt that same connection when making eye contact with one of the big male Majingilane. It was an overwhelming experience of so many emotions…I will never forget that day.

G.E. Morton
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Our offices are in a large open yard next to a pretty large wooded area. But we are in the midst of a city. We have a bobcat which frequents the wooded area and who makes itself visible from time to time. It is thrilling to think about it being there and even more fun when I happen to see it. I can imagine how much more of a thrill it is to see a larger cat. Be Careful!

Mike J. Poremba
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It was a new snow late one night in the ‘burbs of Chicago, and I stepped out for some reason, to notice canine tracks all over the road in the new snow, like everywhere! In that area, it could only be Coyotes, and a pull told me to follow those I deemed freshest. I tromped through what sometimes was knee-deep older snow under the new, around trees, often squatting to less than half my total height under bushes, for almost half a mile, losing all track of time and distance, just following those tracks. When I arrived at what appeared (and was) the ‘end of the road’, I stood and looked around slowly. I could see the tracks didn’t cross the road in front of me, nor yard or parking lot to either side. As I was becoming confused about the sudden loss of tracks, I realized why… I was scanning slowly, thinking I’d maybe found a den, when amber eyes met mine, not 20-30 feet in front of me, the track maker! A large Coyote of such beauty I can’t describe, like it had been brushed by a groomer was just standing there, looking at me. Our eyes locked for what seemed like hours, and for an instant I was scared. Then to make it’s point, it showed me just how out of my element I was, and in what I can only describe as supernatural, it shot past me with incomprehensible speed. It’s body line never changed, but it’s head and ears ducked or it’s legs came up, as it passed through brush without displacing a twig…. and was gone. I was welded to that place for I don’t know how long, grinning like a child and loving the feeling of awe. I took the message to heart, that I’d received a rare gift and shouldn’t taint it. I walked straight to the adjoining parking lot and down the road of the industrial park until even with my house, taking the workers trail through the trees and onto the dead end street on which my house sat, and this incredible trip had begun. I was 16, am almost 40, and can see and feel it like it was today.
Thanks for the inspiration Gavin 😉

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