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Sean Zeederberg

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As a young boy growing up on an agricultural farm in Zimbabwe, Sean spent every opportunity entertaining himself outdoors, camping in the local nature reserve and learning about all facets of the natural world. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental ...

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Amazing sighting even if it is a half consumed aardvark. The first african wildcat we saw was unfortunately one lying dead next to the road. I believe it still count as a sighting. Still hoping for an aardvark, pangolin and caracal.

Christa Blessing
Digital Tracker

I can understand your mixed emotions very well. A lion must live and eat, naturally. However, that the kill has been an aardvark -of all animals- is really a pity. They are so rare. I only had a fleeting glance of one once. That’s nature, though…

Camille Koertner
Explorer

What an Amazing Siting!

Dina Petridis
Senior Digital Ranger

very sad !!!
I still have to see one ,so i have now a metal one in the garden 🙂

Cally Staniland
Digital Tracker

Wow, Sean what an unusual sight !! With all the lovely young game on offer right now, it was sad to see that the Ottawa male had picked the aardvark of all things. Bad timing I suppose but a shame. Good luck seeing one for real soon 🙏🏻💕

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Very interesting post, but as you say, sad too since aardvarks seem to be in short supply! Thanks for sharing the story. The photos do a great job of supporting your theory that probably the lion killed the aardvark.

Ian Shneier
Explorer

Hi Sean
Also dying to see an Aardvark.
Saw one once on Wildearth being eaten by a leopard in a tree but that doesn’t count.
In 40 years of visiting the bush, I have seen 1 pangolin, but the Aardvark eludes me.
Let’s hope we see one soon

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Sean, I saved the aardvark🤗

Francesca Doria
Senior Digital Ranger

very sad… but that’s human fail to protect nature and cause unbalance and loss. Gorgeous images of the lion, hopefully next time you will take pictures of them alive

Cindy Hauert
Explorer

My fervent wish after 20 odd years of annual safaris has been to see an aardvark. On my first visit to Londoz in 2015, I requested it, half joking, as I didn’t expect it. We did see some tracks on a walk. I’m still hoping…

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

Wow – when was that? Shame not to see it alive that would have been epic!

OOOOH ! what a sad event. More than 30 stays at Londolozi and not a single aardwark sighting… shame.

Trish Monck
Master Tracker

Cool sighting but what a bummer, hoping to see an Aardvark sometime too…alive!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Hi Sean,
After we left you in 2019, we went to Tswalu where there was an abundance of aardvarks. Quite interesting.
Hope to see you in July!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

It’s so sad you finally saw the aardvark, but not what what you’d hoped for after so many drives. I know it’s fair game by predators, but this was so tragic due to the shrinking population in the wild. Next time…..

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Sean thanks for the update. Sad that your first one had to be found like that! We have only seen one ourselves and unfortunately it had been killed by a leopard and was hanging in a tree! We can all keep hoping for a live one, right?

Marcia Parker
Digital Ranger

Yes, this is difficult to look at.
Theory’s abound: 2017 drought, starvation, up eating in daylight, making them more vulnerable to predators.

Carly M
Explorer

Oh how sad, they don’t have much in the way of protection either! It’s a tough life for the poor aardvarks! 🙁

Frederic Salein
Explorer

Hi Sean, thanks for your report on the killed aardvark. I wish you will see one alive sometimes. We had my wife and I the opportunity to watch one coming to a waterhole in Namibia a few years ago (beggining of August 2015). It was our last night in Namibia after a 3 weeks tour. We were alone in Eningu Clay House south east of Windhoek. Lovely night. Amazing animal.

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

A poignant sighting to be sure, but a serendipitous one in its own natural way. Thanks for the post Sean!

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

so sad!!! 😢Victoria

Wian Eloff
Explorer

This should have been a incredible experience to witness such a rare specie.
Unlucky for you Ranger Sean, your first Aardvark was a dead Aardvark.

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