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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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William Paynter
Master Tracker

Sean, the picture of the Three Rivers female staring at the vehicle as she passed by, is stunning in her intensity in her eyes. Beautiful as always, TWIP, thanks.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

William, it was such an amazing encounter with the Three Rivers Female, she came so close to the vehicle.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Gorgeous images, needless to say that seeing the cub growing to independence is marvellous, especially considering how hard it is for leopards. I think they are the most expressive animals and their look is deep. The elephant bull and the giraffe are majestic. As far as lions interaction i think that even large males have to be cautious when approaching a female… the leopard tortoise is too nice! That must be one of the hottest place for it. Great TWIP

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Francesca. You are spot on with your analysis of the individual sightings.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Wonderful pictures.
I just admire leopards! They are the most beautiful animals imaginable.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Christa. Leopards are indeed the most beautiful animals out here.

Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

Sean. The eye contact captured on the photo of the Three Rivers leopard is exciting to see leading me to remember other encounters personally. This pic however made me wonder as we talk about wildlife being relaxed or skittish around the vehicles to turn the situation around. When did Dave Varty come to realize that he and others were safe within the vehicles? That must have taken some “getting used to” as well!!!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Camille. The eye contact with the Three Rivers Female feels as though she is looking into your soul. I think that in the past, the animals were not relaxed around vehicles and would run away rather than approach the vehicles. It was through extensive periods in the bush and a lot of hard work and patience that the animals eventually began to relax and feel more comfortable around the vehicles. Thus providing the viewing we get to enjoy today.

Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

Sean. That wasn’t exactly what I was inquiring about. I have experienced the relaxation around the vehicles as well as seen your candid shots with the shyer animals. My point that I was more interested in was how long did it take the Varty’s and trackers to learn that they were indeed safe in the vehicles? Initially I would imagine that they were just as cautious as some of the wildlife???

Doug Hammerich
Digital Tracker

I can just hear that giraffe telling the leopard, “Don’t even think about it!”

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

You can almost hear that. Well it at least looks as though the giraffe is thinking it.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Hi Sean, this week’s TWIP’s foto’s are beautiful, especially the Three Rivers Female and those staring eyes at the Rangers. Her cub is also so gorgeous and getting big so quickly. My favorite cub is the Ximungwe male cub with the spec in his eye. Yes a lioness you don’t want to mess with. Shame the tar road by the airstrip is must of been hot for the tortoise to walk on. But yet the animals love being there in the open and on the strip.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Valmai. They are some stunning pictures. The cub is growing rapidly.

Michel Beni
Guest contributor

Fantastic image of the three Rivers Female “menacing” your vehicle. Beautiful animal!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Vin. It is such a captivating image, I love the eye contact.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Great week in pictures Sean, as per normal!!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Paul. Hope you are having an amazing day.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Sean, this week’s photos were awesome, especially your Three Rivers female staring at you and the elephant scratching its ear. The interaction between the male and female lions looked intense but then, the females seem to be in control except when it comes to food and a male is around.
It’s truly exciting to see the Ximungwe young male almost ready for independence. I guess if his mother falls pregnant, he will definitely be on his own.
And then the photo of the Plaque Rock female with the giraffe watching her is priceless- Great week!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Denise. There were some great opportunities for us to get some amazing shots, so at the end of the day, the wildlife provided it all for us. I think the Ximungwe Young Male will still be with his mother for a little while longer. Young males are normally with their mother for about two years, and he is about a year old now.

Karin Webber
Explorer

Beautiful Sean and Tristan! We are so lucky to be able to see all these beautiful animals and you captured them perfectly!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Karin.

Edward Olson
Explorer

The beauty and power of this cat

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Sean and Tristan, Thanks for ann exciting set of images and stories. Sounds like things are heating up and not just because it is summer at Londolozi! We think the Three Rivers Female was definitely “checking you out”!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Michael and Terri. Things are definitely heating up here. I agree, she had her eye on us.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Wonderful sequence of photos of the three rivers female and her cub and the spectacular photo of the elephant with a mirage on the airstrip. Not matter how busy you all are, you still brings us the most amazing photos every week. Thanks Sean and the team 🙏🏻💕

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Cally. The Three Rivers Female made it easy for us as she is such a relaxed female and walking along the riverbed made it such a stunning scene.

Barbara Wallace
Senior Digital Ranger

Beautiful photos this week Sean. That stare from the Three Rivers female was very intimidating. I still find it amazing that you can be safe in the vehicle with the leopards so close. Must have given you shivers just the same!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Barbara. The Three Rivers Female’s stare was intense and intimidating.

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Great photos this week! I am very behind in reading the blog, but always enjoy the photos and stories.

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