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Alex Jordan

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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 Why Are We Attracted to the Young and Cute?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Awwh. This is such a lovely blog Alex. A “cuteness” overload. Stunning pictures.

Marianna Gdanis
Explorer

Awesome Alex! And the best place to enjoy these delicious, gorgeous little beings is in the bush 💚

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

Whatever the reason, I’m guilty on all counts. Regardless of the specie, these young ones melt my heart.
Alex all these captures are spectacular!!

Suzanne Gibson
Explorer

Thank you Alex, it’s hard to pick a favourite as they’re all adorable! Whatever the reason, we just can’t get enough of them. I agree with you about hyenas, and I’ve managed to win a few hyena-haters over by showing them pictures I’ve taken at their dens. I don’t think anyone could resist your one wrapped up by its mother.

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

Loved this post and the photos. When we see baby ‘anythings’ the vehicle becomes full of camera clicks and ‘oohs and aahs’! Thanks for sharing these cute shots!

Keith Fincham
Explorer

Wonderful photographs Alex, and you have nailed the response they evoke. The harsh fact of nature though, and the world that Londodolzi strives to protect, is that very few of the young pictured here will survive to adulthood. Thank you for sharing these.

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

Cute = “babies/toddlers” of any species

When viewing animal babies, I’m in awe of their ability to survive given the nature of life. I know that many young prey species succumb to the need of predators to kill in order to sustain their lives and that of their young.

I’m looking forward to viewing some cuteness in Londolozi in three weeks. – hope those cubs will be camera ready. 😊📷📷

Wendy Macnicol
Explorer

Hi Alex. What a very appealing bunch of babies! Have taken a few (of course!) as screensavers! When our friends come to visit US, they end up by staring on and on at my screensavers which are nearly all from Londolozi! Thank you for this collection …..Wendy M

Auriel Thorpe
Explorer

Thanks Alex. What a wonderful blog. I love the pictures of the cute little animals. Yes we all find young ones cute!

Judith Guffey
Senior Digital Ranger

All the photos are great ‘but Little and Large’ grabs my heart!

Lucie Easley
Senior Digital Ranger

Alex, the photos you have posted have certainly brought on cuteness overload. Great explanation. I’m smiling and giving thanks not only for the cuteness of little critters but the wonder and beauty all around us in nature. Thank you.

Chelsea Allard
Explorer

So adorable – every one of them! There are few creatures in this world that don’t produce cute offspring. Even the ugliest of baby birds are still cute in a sense.

Gawie Jordaan
Senior Digital Ranger

CUTENESS Overload!! Everything we look at CAN be beautiful, even those ‘labelled’ as ugly 🙂

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Very interesting post Alex!!

Tina Gutierrez
Explorer

I love this blog of babies Alex. Not only are they cute but it’s so nice to see them as babies and hopefully we will be able to see them full grown in the years to come.

Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

Alex I do believe we would not be human & lovers of all that Nature & the Wild offers, so I shed happy tears looking at all your wonderful pictures of these little beings & hope that they all grow to be big like the parents, but we all know the perils they face, from the smallest piglet to a newborn baby Rhino or Elephant! So Thank you sincerely 🙂

Janie Hansen
Explorer

The baby faces stimulate an urge to care for and protect. We were on a ride and it was all I could do not to climb down from the Land Rover and touch the baby elephant. I still look at the photos I took of that young one all the time. Great article. Keep ‘em coming!

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