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Three Rivers 2:2 Female

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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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Linda Bangs
Explorer

Fabulous photo of the owl, Rob!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It is such an amazing photo with the reflection.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Simply stunning, thank you!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Francesca.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Sean, TWIP is again a wonderful recap of the beginnings of summer at Londolozi. Thanks for sharing.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, William.

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

The owl drinking sounds like an interesting sight. I didn’t realize they drank water. I just assumed they got hydration from the blood of their meals, but glad to learn otherwise.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It must have been a very interesting sighting to watch. They can get most of their hydration from the fluids of the prey that they eat, but when there is abundant water around they are known to supplement this.

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

A very large herd of elephants is a masterpiece of understatement! I don’t think I have ever seen that many! What fun! I also loved seeing the rhino dozing in the cool mud. Of all the animals we see at Londolozi I don’t remember seeing very many rhinos. I know they are fairly solitary. The lilac breasted roller is my favorite of all birds. The colors on the leopards is quite bright, and the cub sticking out his tongue is marvelous ! Thank you for another week in pictures, we are expecting snow here this weekend. Thanks again. Victoria

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

The herd of elephants is such an amazing scene. Along with a lot of the other sightings. It is such contrasting weather here it is so hot at the moment.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Thanks to everybody who added photos to this blog. They are all great.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you, Christa.

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

Great photo of the Roller! Love the positioning in the frame and the subtle softness of the edges. Almost looks like a painting. The marsh eagle with it’s reflection is another great capture. And of course that cheetah! Thanks.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Marcia. Rollers are such stunning birds.

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Gorgeous photos, as always……love that young cub of Three Rivers!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Lisa. The Three Rivers Cub is so playful it was amazing to watch.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Lovely TWIP again (Tristan Cooke is a new name for me).
I think the 3 Rivers female is a granddaughter of the Sunset Bend female, which I guess accounts for her colouration? Roughly how old is her cub?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Suzanne. Yes, that is correct in that she is of the Sunsetbend Lineage. Her cub is about six months old.

Tristan Cooke
Writer

Hello Suzanne, yes I am new to the scene and will be part of the Londolozi Creative Hub. You’ll be seeing more of me in TWIP and the blogs and I look forward to meeting you soon 🙂

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Loved TWIP Sean, you all just keep capturing the best of the bush.
So now that the Ndhzengas have infiltrated Londolozi, have they left the ladies of the Southern Pride and Styx in the property to the south? If so, then will another group of males fill the void? Sorry for all the questions but I find this movement fascinating…

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Denise.
It is an interesting one because one of the males has stayed further south and the males keep moving through there every now and then. If they stay away from there for long periods then it is inevitable that new males will detect that and likely move in to claim that territory and the females that come with it.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Hi Sean, such stunning foto’s this week of the leopards, lions, elephants and birds. Loved the leopards and the foto of the Three Rivers female in the green grass. Her cub is so beautiful. Always good to see elephants and there was a small one as well. Good to know that the Ndhzenga male lions are interested in the Ntsevu females and infiltrating there.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Valmai.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

I am worried about the young lion cubs already born to the Ntsevu lionesses! That could be a real issue soon if not already. Love the photos of my favorite living leopard, the Three Rivers female and her cub! He is adorable! Terrific TWIP again! Kudos, Sean Zeederberg and crew!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Darlene. It could be an issue for the females that still have cubs. The hope is that they are able to keep them away from the males for the time being while trying to mate with the new males hoping to confuse them into believing that the cubs could actually be theirs.

Carly M
Senior Digital Ranger

Beautiful pics! Absolutely love the cheetah sitting on the fallen tree, and the male lion lying in the grass. Amazing!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Must have been fantastic to see those marsh owls!!

Barbara Wallace
Senior Digital Ranger

So many wonderful photos this week Sean! The first one of the lion in the grass really caught my attention. He looks so content and the grass so calming. And the owl photo…priceless. But all are beautiful. Thank you!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Barbara. There were some great images this week.

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Thanks for the TWIP, lovely again! Has the last remaining Birmingham male been seen recently? It sounds like a rather bloodless take over, which I quite like……..

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Irene. He was last seen about a week ago, and apparently looking in very good condition still. It has been a pretty blood event, thankfully.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Another bumper week Sean with stunning photos of the Three Rivers female and her gorgeous cub, the cheetah and the Rhino. The lush green grass certainly brings out all the beautifully markings and details. Still, I think the birds you have captured this week are magnificent..particularly the owl. What luck that was. Thanks to everyone and welcome to Tristan 🙏🏻❤️

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Cally. The colours at this time of year make photography amazing. The vibrance is stunning.

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Great collection of photos Londolozi team! The Three Rivers Female shows she is a member of the Sunsetbend lineage for sure! Any idea who might be potential fathers of her cub? I know she was seen mating with the Maxims Male but has also been seen before with the Senegal Bush Male as well. Thanks so much!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Michael. The Three Rivers Female has that typical Sunsetbend Lineage colouration, the striking golden coat. We presume that it is the Maxim’s Male, he is the most likely. Hopefully, we can get a scat sample from the cub and from that we can confirm who the father is.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Sean, Great set of images (as always!). While we loved seeing the leopards and lions, the Marsh Owl with it’s reflection is super cool!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It was a great selection of images this week. The rangers are turning out some amazing images.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Cracking photo of the Three Rivers Cub

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