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Pete Thorpe

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Pete was a Field Guide for Londolozi for 4 years, contributing to the blog as a fantastic writer as well as photographer. Right from his very first bush trip at the age of four, Pete was always enthralled by this environment. Having grown ...

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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.

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Master Tracker

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

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

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?

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

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

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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