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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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on Makomsava Female Carries Her Cubs To New Den

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wow! Amazing sighting.

Linda Mansell
Explorer

Oh my goodness Peter – what photos. Well done to all of you to find the female and see the cubs! Thank you for sharing …

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

What great news. Lucky you!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Pete, loved the video🤗! Loved the cub leopards mouth!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Can still recall how incredible it was viewing a cub dangling from it’s mom’s mouth. The balance of power and tenderness was incredible to watch.

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Wow! Absolutely stunning sighting! I have seen a lioness carrying her cub once and I remember the thrill of that! So exciting! Thanks for sharing!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Pete, How exciting to see Makomsava with her cub! Was she at Ximpalapala?

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

Wow what an experience to have!

Cally Staniland
Explorer

What luck ! What excitement to see that the Makomsava female has not one but two cubs …and not far from her own ‘birth place’ ! Great news and a great 5 minute close up capture. Thanks Pete and team 🙏💕

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Wonderful

Linda Deutsch
Explorer

What a magical experience and such a rarity! Felt like I was right there with you. Excellent narrative as well. Thanks so much for cheering up another gloomy day sheltering in place with local fires in addition to the virus. These blogs are priceless. Stay well and safe.

Lisa Antell
Explorer

So wonderful to see her with her tiny little spotty one!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What an amazing experience! I’m so jealous, lucky you!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

OMG! I’m so excited for Makomsava to have two cubs and for you as well to spot her moving the second one to another den. Loved the video and stills- who wouldn’t?!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Pure gold – what an experience for you! Fingers crossed for her and the cubs.

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

INCREDIBLE!!!! Thank you for sharing this momentous experience with us Pete!!

Judith Guffey
Digital Tracker

Thank you for sharing this. How wonderful to see such very young cubs. Hamba kahle.

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

SUPERB!!

Carly M
Explorer

That’s amazing, so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing.

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

Truly magical 🙂 looking forward to watching them grow up

Sam Lovett
Explorer

Wow what an amazing sighting

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