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Tayla Brown

Ranger

Tayla grew up largely on a farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where she developed her love for nature. After completing school she spent time in Botswana before studying EcoTourism management in Pretoria, which served as a springboard into a guiding career at Phinda ...

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on Using Your Ears Can be Thrilling

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Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

one of many wonderful surprises in the bush is starting out to see one thing and all of a sudden something else appears. Victoria

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is always exciting to find an animal after hearing it call. Lovely blog Tayla.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Such a beautiful cat

Kara Taylor
Senior Digital Ranger

The way the guides and trackers use their senses to find things always astounds me! It’s being atuned to nature – something we are losing amongst our tech life , but it’s such a beautiful thing .

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

I’ll never forget my intro to Africa and Londolozi. We arrived in Londolozi around 2:00 pm; our first game drive with Ranger Kevin and Tracker Ray at 4:00 pm took us to the banks of the Sand River where a pride of lions was dining on a kudu they had taken down the past night. During our stay, I believe we got up close and personal with every animal on the reserve except cheetahs, thanks to our Ranger and Tracker.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Tayla, wonderful blog today, finding the Flat Rock Male Leopard was a find indeed🤗

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

That’s the great advantage of working in a reserve- no extraneous noise to block those beautiful bush sounds – the songs of birds, the grunting hippos, the clack of rutting impalas, and of course the guttural calls of the big cats. Great blog!

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

I was thinking of Marco Polo as I was reading your account and felt a similar excitement as your story progressed! Also, a great reminder to use all of ones senses, in the bush or in the city! Thanks!!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

For me, the anticipation of a sighting after vocalizing (or spotting fresh tracks) is so exciting!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

That sounds like it was an amazing experience!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Tayla, Great story! Thanks so much for the excitement!

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