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Dean de la Rey

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Dean was a guide at Londolozi from 2018 to 2022. He grew up in Johannesburg and it was from his very first trip to the bush at the age of two that he was captivated by this environment (he claims he can remember ...

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on 23 Ostrich Chicks!

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Good stuff…thanks,

Thanks Jim

Dean, We’ve been waiting to hear the news and WOW! How special to go from that one lonely ostrich a few years ago to this big family! How long does it take for them to be full grown?

Incredible discoveries! The one year growth spurt is amazing!

What an amazing total of babies!!!! Really great……… Am wondering whether the parents share keeping them warm, meaning if the 4-babies mum will take on some of the 19-babies mum……. But I am sure you will monitor this closely, so looking forward to the next blogs on these lovely babies!

Absolutely wonderful news,and pics Dean! I’m cheering for a success rate much higher than the average purported by the Kenyan authorities for chicks to grow into adulthood. I know you’ll be following these little ones…….

That’s so exciting! I was surprised the two families would intermingle, but I guess four adults standing guard is better than two. Is it assumed one of the mother’s is the “original” ostrich and the other is one of her daughters, or do you think they’re unrelated?

So great to see all the babies. Hope they all make it. Are the males the ones with the dark feathers.

How exciting!! I am always surprised that the ostriches can survive the predators. The babies are adorable and maybe in January we will get a glimpse of them. They seem to always somewhere else when we are there. Probably why the survive!! Victoria

Dean – what a great find, 23 chicks!

Lets hope they beat the odds and a lot of them make it!

Fabulous news and will be exciting to watch them grow. So cute!

HI Dean! How exciting! Which of the mothers is the famous female who inhabited Londolozi for so many years by herself and if she is one of them, how do you distinguish her?

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Shared a sundowner with Londolozi’s lone female ostrich my first visit to Londolozi in 2016 and followed her story and the underdog story of Londolozi’s ostriches ever since. Perhaps when I make my third visit to Londo next year the ostriches will have taken over the top spot from the impala as the most frequently sighted species.

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awesome, thanks for sharing

We’re kind of late to seeing this but what a fabulous event!!! Fingers crossed that weather conditions, predator conditions and the struggles of life allow most all to survive and enter adulthood!!!

This is amazing. I do hope all if the chicks survive. I have just returned from Botswana where ostriches are a common occurence and they are even next to the national roads.

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