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Fin Lawlor

Londolozi Ranger

Fin grew up in Johannesburg and began guiding in 2010. He has guided across South Africa, East Africa and the Amazon jungle in Brazil. Fin's primary interests are birds, tracking and developing a passion for photography.

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Stunning pics Fin. Love the lions. My favourite is the Tamboti young female.

I think I see 5 butterflies with the big beautiful Ellie! I love your pics so much! I’m from the USA so will probably never get to Africa. I watch Safari Live and heard that the leopard Hosana is in the area near you. Please post pics if you see him ever?

Fin these are all excellent images! I especially like seeing the Ottawa male drinking from a angle that isn’t always seen. Ver low and face forward, fully filling the space and seeing every detail of him. That is a stunning image!

Are there 3 monarchs?

I only saw 3 butterflies as well.

Hello Fin!
Beautiful pictures! I love the photos of the young members of the Ntsevu pride! I counted the African Monarch butterflies to 4 of them. Thank you for your Week in pictures!

What a marvelous collection of pictures this week. Thanks so much

Master Tracker

The Ottawa male photo would get put on my wall any day of the week

What, no photos of the Ndzanzeni young male mating (or at least attempting to!) with Mashaba? Having mated recently with his father, do you think it’s sort of insurance for her, so (hopefully) he won’t kill her cubs again?

Great variety! I spy at least three, but maybe even five butterflies. It’s hard to tell on my phone screen if the two lower ones are butterflies or flowers.

Hi Chelsea, I’ll get Fin to give us an answer. Assuming he knows himself… 😂

Fin, how many of the Ntsevu Pride’s cubs are male and how many are female? Would be interested to know! Thanks for any help!

Hi Michael,
Off the top of my head I’m afraid I can’t give you an answer- I’m usually so excited to see 12 cubs that I forget to count! I know some of the rangers do know so I’ll find out for you. For what I remember it’s slightly skewed in favour of males..

More updates on the Ottawa male plz :). Oh and I think 5 monarchs!

Hi Lachlan,
We don’t see the Ottawa male very much unfortunately, but will update you as son as he wanders onto Londolozi…

Fin, your photography skills are evident and we have added several to our Londolozi collection. Favorites are the Kudu and the Wild Dogs (aka Painted Wolves).

Senior Digital Ranger

The splendid Flat Rock Male – is there any specific reason he has hugely extended his territory or just normal behaviour, because he can ?

Hi Jennifer,
There are probably very specific reasons…
the problem is we aren’t always sure what they are! Haha. We can speculate all we want but what’s actually happening might be very different to what we think…

What a fantastic week in pictures-from the beautiful portrait of the Ottawa male, to the lovely Tamboti female and your other images of important members of the bush!! Who could not love the playful antics of the Ntsevu cubs?!
As far as the monarchs flitting around the elephant, I see four and perhaps a shadow of one on the elephant’s leg……? Let us know.

Denise I also counted four with a possible 5th. I’ll see how many Fin got…

Fantastic photos as usual!!!

Amazing gallery!! That wild dog photo is exceptional!

Fin, What great post! The shot pf the Ottawa male was amazing! Perfect set-up! We think we counted 5 butterflies, but there must have been more! Thanks for the challenge!

Dear Fin
Absolutely great pics this week from you! Counted only 3 Monarch’s but there could be 5 as some people say. When are you going to tell us how many there were? Wendy M

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