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Pete Thorpe

Field Guide

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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Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Wot ? No caracal?

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

We have never seen Impala mate either. That is definitely something different.

Irene Henkes
Senior Digital Ranger

Hahahahaha, interesting this. Wonder where the next first will come from…………..

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Pete, what a wonderful blog, you saw two Impala’s Mating🤗, and a Pangolin🤗

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Thanks for the reminder Pete! It’s a challenge sometimes to know which way to look when on a game drive. Between the beautiful trees, vegetation, landscapes and wildlife, there is always a “shiny object” to grab your attention! Great shot of the Pangolin too!

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

We have been on safari 17 times and never have we witnessed impalas mating! Thanks for sharing your special capture!

Linda Mansell
Explorer

I agree with you Pete … some of the most special viewings are of the most common things – things that some people just drive past without a second glance. It’s not always the large predators and magnificent elephants that matter, the wonderful birds, the colourful butterflies, the exquisite flowers, the surround- sounds and the tiny insects are also part of the whole bush experience. Paradise on earth. Thank you and all the other rangers for sharing your experiences. It’s made lock-down more bearable knowing that my inbox will have a new story each day – including meditation and lovely recipes. Thank you so much.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

The ever-alert Pete strikes again!

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

I love being in the right place at the right time and seeing something epic! Well done!

Francesca Doria
Senior Digital Ranger

Gorgeous impala, thanks! As a child it was one of the first African animal that caught my attention. Have you ever seen an old one? With so many predators around I guess it is almost impossible… Great picture of the pangolin otherwise – common versus elusive creatures

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Congratulations, Pete!! Now, for that pangolin…!

Kathie Vanos
Explorer

I so enjoy how easily you are impressed and amused by the Africa you so love. Please continue and thank you for all your shares.

Pauli Bakker
Digital Ranger

Wonderful stories and photos!..thanks so much once again… always look forward to them…take care…

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Now that was a phenomenal sighting! Just shows one has to pay attention to your surroundings, and not be fixated on one thing, or even more so, be chatting with others….. I’ve seen several species mating but not the impala- maybe next Safari.

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

the last 2 weeks have been stressful and long as we in the US begin to confront our problems with racism and a president who is only concerned with getting re elected. so altho I have read every post all of which give my day a happy start (except for the loss of the 7 wild dog puppies) and make the day go better. I have loved them all and thank you all for your work and posts!! Victoria

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks for today’s Blog Pete! I’m a big fan of Impala and quite happy to sit and watch them, I find them quite ‘photogenic’ 🙂

Cally Staniland
Senior Digital Ranger

True how we ignore the common game so much, always intent on the big 5 ! Great shots 🙏🏻❤️

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Great post and “expecting the unexpected” I’d great advice in any context!!

Ashely Ndebele
Senior Digital Ranger

never ever have l seen Impala mating.bulls tussling during rut yes many a time l have witnessed. beautiful first✓

Ashely Ndebele
Senior Digital Ranger

Pangolin image is simply stand out gorgeous in every angle.This specie many a guide or nature enthusiastic have not ticked on their list of seen animals. beautiful image

Ashely Ndebele
Senior Digital Ranger

Londolozi is a haven for the most elusive species of southern Africa.

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