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Chris Taylor

Ranger

Chris was born and raised in the Kwa-Zulu/Natal Midlands where his family inspired his early passion for the natural world. Exploring Southern Africa as he grew up, this passion was allowed to develop and his curiosity to expand. After high school, Chris spent ...

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on A Series of Fortunate Events Leads to an Unbelievable Sighting

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wow! You are a great storyteller Chris. The blog reads like a suspense novel. Amazing experiences.

Chris Taylor
Ranger

I’m glad you enjoyed it Marinda!

Judith Slocum
Digital Ranger

What an incredible blog! To see all three predators at the same time and place. Glad to hear it was Milton!

Joan Schmiidt
Senior Digital Ranger

Great story- unbelievable sightings

Andrew & Daniel Bolnick
Senior Digital Ranger

Chris, I felt as if I was on the game drive with you. Enjoyed the description and the coverage. I was with Milton as our tracker and my son and I were not disappointed. He nailed it day after day. We would tell him what we would like to see and at some point during the morning or afternoon drive there it was. Nice job

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

One of the best parts of a safari is never knowing what to expect and had you not followed the clues you would not have gotten to see the leopard cubs!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

How exciting! Often while on the hunt for one animal, you come across others that are equally interesting, in this case painted dogs and hyenas. Those two predators provide lots of drama as they try to upstage one another.
Happy you were finally rewarded with the Ximungwe female and cub viewing- only thing missing is an updated photo! Perhaps they were deep in the thicket……. thanks for the good narrative.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

What a wonderful sighting, Chris. I’ve never seen the Ximungwe female, I’m hoping to change that in 4 months time, when I’m back at Founders. It would be a huge bonus if her cubs are still around then.

Dina Petridis
Senior Digital Ranger

that is what Guido is always telling rangers and trackers : you are the kings of serendipity!

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

What a day of great sightings! I loved the capture of the two Cubs up the tree waiting for safety from below. One can only hope for a day in the bush as beneficial as yours. Thanks!

What a wonderful morning! Just reading it, was very exciting. I can imaging how incredibly exciting it must have been for you.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Sooo exciting! A pack of wild dogs -painted wolves – is always thrilling to spot and follow and 5 hyena is another awesome sight. Together they made the adrenaline flow, I’m sure! Great story!

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

The photo of the leopard 🐆 in the tree 🌲 surrounded by wild dog is one I have always wanted. Congratulations on the most stunning drive.

Suecol777
Explorer

I’m just so glad the cubs were safe. That bit you put in the Blog recently about cubs getting killed distressed me immensely.

Phil Schultz
Explorer

Have had the pleasure of following wild dog packs on the hunt with hyena in tow. Have also had the pleasure of seeing Ximungwe female on both of my visits to Londolozi– in 2016 when her and her mother were on a kill when she was still a cub known as the Mashaba young female, then again in 2018 as an independent young adult. Now leopard cubs……still haven’t had the pleasure

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Better book your next visit soon then Phil!

Phil Schultz
Explorer

Ha ha! We just returned from India to see the tigers a couple months ago, and there’s been a lot of talk about doing Africa again next year. Now some of us have talked about trying for the Mara during the migration, but we have to admit the safari experience in Southern Africa, especially Londo, is so good that we might just make it three times in five years.

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