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Piccadilly 3:3 female

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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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Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

Happy New Year to you all at Londolozi. Thank you guys for these amazing pictures! I don’t always comment, but I do enjoy looking at these beautiful animals that we are so Blessed to have on our Planet. Stay safe all. Cheers

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Happy New Year to you too Wendy. Thank you so much. I hope 2022 is an amazing year for you and your loved ones.

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Thank you Sean! Lovely twip………… 🙂
Those little hyenas….. really nice!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Irene. The hyenas are really cute.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

What gorgeous photos from you all, a wonderful TWIP to start 2022. What happened to the Piccadilly female’s cub? – I don’t remember seeing anything about it for a while. Nkoveni has done really well to raise her 2 cubs so far, they must be almost a year old now?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Suzanne. As far as we are aware the cub is still doing well. It is at the age now where it is nearly independent, if not already independent from its mother. So they are moving around separately. Hopefully we will see her soon and can put a story out on her.

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello Sean,
What a beautiful photo the female giraffe! Artistic!
Also the greater painted Snipe, beautiful photos!
The Marula tree and the elephant, what a light!
I also liked very much the Nkoveni female and her youngster.
Last but not least the four hyena cubs so sweet! Love them!
Thank you also for telling news about the Piccadilly 3:3 female.
Thank you for this TWIP.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Ann.

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Hi Sean. Is this the same male cheetah on the southern plains that was in residence in 2019? I saw him then and he provided some great photographs!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Hi Lisa, I think it might be the same cheetah, sadly we don’t have as good a record of the individual cheetahs as we do for the leopards. As well as I feel we probably see a few different individuals that we don’t realise at the time.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

What lovely and stunning pictures from the tiny malachite kingfisher to the big elephant bull.
The lions are impressive males and the hyena cubs are really so cute, which cannot really be said of grown hyenas.
It is wonderful that the leopard females have been so successful in raising their cubs. I specially love the picture of the Nkoveni Female and one of her cubs on the dead tree. It shows so much love between the two.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Christa. The female leopards have been doing very well and it is so m=nice that they have managed to raise a number of their cubs to an age where they are nearly safe from the threats of being killed by other males.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Hi Sean, such a diversity of pictures this first week in 2022. The leopards pics are always a winner for me. So lovely to see Cheetah, such graceful cats. That ele bull looked quite upset having his drink interrupted, wouldn’t like to get in a tussle with him. Hyena pups looked quite content. What beautiful colours the two Kingfishers display.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Valmai. Leopards are such magnificent animals, so any photograph of them is stunning. A great photographic week I would say.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Photo team! Thanks for the update on the weather and some of the ways to can cause havoc! The images are stunning, especially the Piccadilly Female snarling! We enjoy seeing the cheetahs as they cross you paths. The bird shots were beautiful and seeing the Maxaben River flowing is a rare sight!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Michael and Terri. It was a great week indeed. The bush is looking stunning at the moment as a result of all the rain.

Marcia Parker
Senior Digital Ranger

So many good photos! The Greater Painted Snipe, the hyena cubs, and the magnificent cheetah with those deep amber eyes are favorites for me. 😁

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Marcia. Those are some good choices. I love the cheetah’s eyes too.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Such a wonderful collection of images this week Sean- impossible to choose a favorite! Saying that, the Nkoveni female and her cub posed on the fallen tree ranks at the top as does your cheetah. Beautiful little Painted Snipe as well. So many opportunities, so many choices, so much enjoyment. Thank you, Robbie and Pat for this week’s plethora of photos!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It is difficult to choose a favourite, but glad you love them all.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Excellent week in pictures! Looking forward to the virtual safari on Sunday!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Darlene. We look forward to sharing the Virtual Safari with you tomorrow.

William Paynter
Senior Digital Ranger

Wonderful pictures, thanks Sean. TWIP never disappoints.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, William. TWIP is always great to put together as it is a fantastic way to summarise the week.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Love this week’s array of images! The Greater Painted Snipe is amazing-looking and the male cheetah magnificent! The snarling Piccadilly female is a great capture. Thanks!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Mary Beth. It was so exciting to see the Greater Painted Snipe, and then to have it hang around for so long was the icing on top.

Malavika Gupta
Senior Digital Ranger

Lovely photos. It’s been over a month since we got back from londolozi and we still can’t stop talking about it. It’s been only a month since we got back from londolozi and we’re already planning for our next trip. Such is the magic.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Malavika. That is amazing news that you had such a great time here and we can’t wait to have you back with us.

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Great selection of photos Londolozi team! Are the Ndzhenga Males associating with all of the older lionesses from the Ntsevu Pride or do some of the females still have cubs? Any sign of the daughters of the Birmingham Males beginning to come into estrus for the first time. Also which of the three clans seen on Londolozi do the hyena cubs belong to and is it a den previously utilized?

Thanks so much for your time and great photos again!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Michael. As far as I am aware, the Ndzhenga Males have only been with two of the Ntsevu/Kambula Lionesses. Well, that is what we have seen on Londolozi. Then in chatting to the guys at MalaMala, there are apparently about four or five cubs still alive.
We haven’t seen any signs of the Ntsevu Sub-adult Females coming into oestrus just yet but I am sure it will happen in the next few months.
This particular den was one on Marthly, in the north.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

The g
GReater Painted Snipe is a lovely surprise! Gorgeous male cheetah and lions and leopards. I love giraffe, it’s always uplifting to see them as well as elephants and other creatures. Happy New Year!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Loved the Cheetah shots – if I’m not mistaken they started appearing the same time as the Ostriches ?

I’m looking forward to the Serval and Caracal photos ????

Best wishes and thanks for these wonderful blogs

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

What a fabulous selection of photos to start the new year Sean especially the Cheetah, as that is a rare sighting indeed ❤️. Magnificent shot of the Piccadilly Female looking so threatening and all the beautiful bird shots to add colour to a super mix. Thanks to you all 🙏🏻

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Cally.

Ed Dixon
Guest contributor

Such amazing images!

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