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Pete Thorpe

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Right from his very first bush trip at the age of four, Pete was always enthralled by this environment. Having grown up in the Middle East, Pete’s home-away-from-home has always been a bungalow in the Greater Kruger National Park, where his family had ...

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Fantastic sighting Pete. We were forrunate to see Serval quite a few times in Kruger. I know that excited feeling. Seeing a brown hyena for the first time in the Kgalagadi was amazing. Even better than seeing a lion. Next on my list is a caracal and pangolin. Our White River nature reserve has got a camera trap and last month they spotted a serval.

Dina Petridis
Senior Digital Ranger

aardvark???

Vin Beni
Digital Tracker

Peter, you’ve given me a goal for my next visit!!!!

Andrew & Daniel Bolnick
Senior Digital Ranger

Pete, feeling good for you. The Serval even looks elusive. What else is on your bucket list.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Congratulations on finally seeing a serval, Pete, especially one that stayed around awhile for you to observe ! I’ve glimpsed a few running off but had one daytime experience where we actually watched one hunt, leaping and pouncing. What a treat to even see one!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Serval-check! How exciting for you and your guests to view this elusive cat. What’s next?!

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Wow Pete! What a wonderful sighting! Congratulations on seeing your Serval! Wendy M

Chelsea Allard
Senior Digital Ranger

I’m so happy for you Pete! It’s a beautiful cat.

Johanna Browne
Explorer

Really lovely shots and post. It never ceases to amaze me that such small cats survive in such a large cat world. Gorgeous creatures!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Amazing stuff, congratulations!!! I ave yet to see a serval myself but I have been lucky enough to see caracal and black-footed cat.

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

It is always so exciting to actually an entire smaller cat at night. I think I have mostly seen a pair of eyes and movement in the brush. Tantalizing but not as satisfying as your sighting. Victoria

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

Pete, we saw a serval in the Serengeti – it was a small cat – but we were all surprised, and it was in the day time so we were able to get some great shots of it.

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

What’s next on the list – a caracal or the holy of holies – a melanistic leopard

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Sorry I should have said well done – or arghh – well spotted

Lachlan Fetterplace
Senior Digital Ranger

Nice one! Where do Servals spend their time during the day? Holed up in deep thickets? Up a tree? In a den of some sort?

Henk Slettenhaar
Senior Digital Ranger

How cool for you to see such a beautiful cat for the first time.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

So very happy for you Pete AND the sighting was lengthy as well. Must have been so satisifying. Well, check that one off!

Jeff Normandin
Explorer

I noticed in the video that at 15sec until about 19sec there is either a light in the distance, or eye shine from another creature. Any idea?

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