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James Souchon

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James started his guiding career at the world-renowned Phinda Game Reserve, spending four years learning about and showing guests the wonder of the incredibly rich biodiversity that the Maputaland area of South Africa has to offer. Having always wanted to guide in the ...

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on Amazing Footage: Baby Elephant Takes Its First Steps

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Peggy Fox

Such a precious story. And such good fortune to witness this rare occurrence!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Now that was a “watershed “ moment! Brilliant video and images, especially the last one as I like how the little one was framed by mom. Lucky day for you and guests……

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Amazing video! What a sighting. You all were so lucky! Thanks so much for sharing this, James.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Absolutely beautiful, James! What a star you are to get this sequence! Wendy M

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Thank you James, how lucky were you! Adorable – and right on cue from Alex’s post on why we’re attracted to the young and cute.

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Incredible experience. Amazing, beautiful video.

Cyndy Beardsley
Digital Ranger

OMG – that was wonderful!

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

How absolutely fantastic, baby elephants are so adorable !!! It reminds me of when we saw the birth if an Impala on Xmas day 2016 when we were out with Gregg and Equalizer. Wish we could have seen this one too. Victoria

Dina Petridis
Senior Digital Ranger

Lucky you !
I do hope luck (as with the wild dogs and the kill of the Buffalo) will always be at your side ; of course not only on game drive …
warm regards
Guido, Dina

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Heartwarming video to watch this morning here in the US, much needed after the scary week we’ve had. And how appropriate after yesterday’s blog on cuteness!!

Gawie Jordaan
Master Tracker


Kelley Boston

What an incredible and heartwarming sight. Thank you for sharing this beautiful moment, James.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

Absolutely incredible! What an honor to witness something so magical. Watching any baby animal take their first steps is always inspiring, but watching the multi-ton mother gently nudging her calf to stand when she very well could have crushed it, was very moving. Congratulations to this elephant family.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

What amazing footage, the guests who saw that really hit the jackpot. Suspect many rangers have not been as privileged

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

What an enchanting, moving, probably once in a lifetime experience! Lucky, lucky Londoz guests.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

What could possibly be more special and moving than to watch new beginnings. Half way around the world I had the privilege. My heartfelt thanks.

Tina Gutierrez

I love seeing the interaction of mama and baby elephant after birth. So lovely to see how gentle she is with new baby. Thanks for the awesomeness James S.

Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh James that was so amazingly moving moment to see her determination to get the little one up. Thank you 🙂

Judith Guffey
Digital Tracker

How absolutely fantastic to have stumbled onto this newborn! Thank you for the video.

Ginger Brucker
Senior Digital Ranger

Amazing indeed! This is what I love about Londolozi- the excitement and mystery each day brings. No other day begins quite the same way as it does settling into a Rover and heading out from the lodges.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Amazing. Thanks for including this on your blog

Cynthia House

Just beautiful to see such a young and vulnerable baby, thank you.

Cindy Godwin

Incredible, felt like I was there watching this.

Sue Dickinson

This is so wonderful. I’d love to see a longer video if it’s available 🙂

Ann Richardson Berg
Digital Tracker

Hi James,
What a fantastic sighting! I loved your video! They are such beautiful, intelligent an impressive animals!

What an amazing and wonderful experience, James. We wish we were in the truck with you guys on that drive! Best- Ed & Angela

Marianna Gdanis

Oh my goodness James, how incredibly special! Never seen such a little ellie, ever – absolutely wonderful

Gillian Lacey

What a wonderful moment to capture on video. It shows the very special bond between mother & calf which is so vital. In recent weeks UK tv has been showing a series on the work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya and in particular their work with orphaned baby elephants. They work so hard to give these special and often traumatised babies a good start in life and eventually rehabilitate them back into wild. I hope this baby never has to go through that.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Such a privilege!!

That was wonderful. Thank you so very much for sharing this. 🙂

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