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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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Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Congrats Robbie that was a stunning photograph. My favorite for this week is the Southern White-faced owl. Those eyes are so bright and shinny, such a beautiful owl and a fantastic photo. I also loved the photo of the Ndhzenga male lion with the light emphasis on his face.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Valmai. Robbie’s image is amazing and deserved to win the month of March’s title. I also agree that the eyes of the owl are so bright and captivating.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Kelsey gets my vote this week for the cheetah and her cub – also love the owl.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

I think I might have to agree with you in that those shot are amazing.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Wow! You guys and gals are coming up with some beauties, making it hard to pick! Congrats to Robert Ball for his winning image from last month. Today, I have to go with the photo of the cheetah and her cub. I dearly love the Three Rivers female and that photo was a very close runner up in my mind with the rosettes on the marula tree reflecting that of the leopard! But the cheetah won. Many wonderful photos here. We enjoyed every one! Thank you all!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

The rangers are really turning out some unbelievable content, making it so difficult to choose one standalone image that is a winner. But I do agree that Kelsey’s image of the cheetah and her cub is stunning.

Debra Matott
Senior Digital Ranger

As always the pics are stunning but as I did last week I am going to go with the sunset on the landscape! When I see photos like these with those colors I can’t help but smile wide! Congrats to Robert for the win! I picked that photo as a winner, also!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Debra. It was such a stunning scene and couldn’t help but capture it.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Sean, What an exciting week you all have had, and the images get better and better! We added Kelsey’s Cheetah image to our favorites – the top shot this week for us. It almost looks like a painting! The close up of the young elephant is special too! How do we vote for our favorites?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Michael and Terri. It really has been an exciting week. The quality of the imagery of the rangers that are coming out now has been so good. Kelsey’s image of the cheetah is great. Just by simply commenting here on which is your favourite and then at the end of the month, we will feature the weekly favourites in an Instagram post and prompt the followers to vote there for their favourite.

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

So many great photos again. I must have missed that picking was a contest, but I so love Robbie Ball’s photo I agree!
My favorite this week is Kelsey Clark cheetah photo. 💗 all things cheetah and this pic is a stunnner.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Marcia. Yes, we are running a bit of a competition within the TWIPs to see what the viewers’ favourites are.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Wonderful pictures as always it is impossible to pick up one, but the joy to see that the cheetah cub is still alive and kicking is great. Very interesting relationship and a a repetition lesson on brood parasitism. Starlings aren’t so lucky lately! Gorgeous birds.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Francesca. it was such a great image of the cheetah and her cub. It is still doing so well.

Chris Cordon
Explorer

How many Ntsevu sub-adults are there and what is the male to female ratio?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Hi Chris. It is rather tricky to keep track of the Ntsevu Sub-adults at the moment as they have split up and are moving around all over the reserve of late. There were initially 12 that were around (5 females and 7 males). We think that one male may have gone missing.
Whenever we have seen them they have been in all different computations of young males and females.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Sean, you and the team continue to make it almost impossible to pick a winner as it seems the competition to be the winner of the month grows more intense. They truely are fabulous. Really a very difficult choice this week but I have to say that perhaps the cheetah win, as they are such difficult subjects to capture. The Three Rivers female is so very close, as is the black and white baby elephant and the incredible photos of the starling and cuckoo quite extraordinary. I will never tire of the effort and dedication you all give to bring us these wonderful photos every week. A huge well done to you all 🙏🏻❤️

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Cally. We are honoured and privileged to be able to do what we do and so sharing it with the rest of the world is an amazing bi-product of what we do. The competition to get images into the TWIPs is growing rapidly and so the quality that is coming through is so high. THe cheetah image is stunning.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

TWIP, wow! Wonderful pics, my favorite is the Cheetahs. Thanks

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, William. The quality of the imagery at the moment is amazing. I do agree that the cheetah image is fantastic.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Loved the eye level elephant image, and the sunset is magnificent!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Vin. Those are two stunning shots.

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

Can’t pick a favourite in this lot – all excellent. Thanks for sharing.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Leonie. There are some great images this week that make it so difficult to choose a favourite.

Karen Hart
Senior Digital Ranger

TWIP is always one of the highlights of my week, but this week you have truly surpassed the goal line. What a magnificent group of stellar photos and stories. Thanks to all for the wonderful reminders week after week of just how glorious South Africa and Londolozi truly are…and how badly I want to return.

Tristan Cooke
Writer

Karen, thank you for your warming remarks. The team is really pushing the TWIP and its incredible to hear feedback like this!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Karen. It is only our pleasure to be able to share such amazing imagery and stories with everyone across the world, allowing us to showcase this magnificent part of the world. We desperately hope that you are able to return to Londolozi one day soon.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

All of these are fantastic images this week Sean, but I’ve two favorites: the cheetah mom with her cub looking out from underneath her hind section and the Burchell Starling feeding the cricket to the owl. I chose these two because they are a bit different. But… the intensity in the eyes of the Senegal Bush male is powerful. Thanks for providing us with a great WIP !

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Denise. I have to agree with your choices this week although the image of the cheetah is stunning.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Congratulations on winning the competition, Robbie !
This weeks’ pictures are stunning again. The one of the starling feeding a young cuckoo is so fascinating. But also all the other pictures are great. The teeth of that hippo are impressive indeed; the photo of the leopard in the Marula tree is really beautiful. Each and everyone of them are special!

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

I love the lighting of the hippo bull this week. The cheetah’s and starling feeding the cuckoo also caught my attention.

Patrick Smyth
Explorer

Why is a hyena youngster called a cub instead of a pup? Isn’t it a canine?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Hyenas form their own family known as Hyaenidae and are in fact closer related to the cat family than the dog family, therefore their young are called cubs.

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Great selection Londolozi team! How many hyena dens are active at the moment and do they belong to the same clan?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Michael. It is difficult to say exactly how many hyena dens there are. I think currently there are four dens, I believe that some of them are from the same clan but I am sure you are aware it is a challenge to know this for sure.

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

My favorite photo this week is Senegal Bush. had to pick him as he is the only one left (that we see) of Karula’s cubs.

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