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Ximungwe 3:3 Young Male

Ximungwe 3:3 Young Male

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Ximungwe 5:3 Female

Ximungwe 5:3 Female

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Nweti 4:2 Male

Nweti 4:2 Male

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Nkoveni 2:2 Young Female A

Nkoveni 2:2 Young Female A

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Nkoveni 3:3 Young Female B

Nkoveni 3:3 Young Female B

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Three Rivers 2:2 Female

Three Rivers 2:2 Female

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Misava 4:3 Male

Misava 4:3 Male

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Nhlanguleni 3:2 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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Ian McLaren
Explorer

My favourite is “One of the Nhlanguleni Cubs hiding in amongst the rock crevices of the new den.”

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Ian. It was such a special sighting of the small cub and then to see it peering out of the little hole was so cute.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Another week of a difficult choice to make out of the best of the team’s images, but I leaned towards the Nkoveni females playing together. The tiny cub peaking out from the rock is really special as is the wrinkled elephant. The task in choosing one is so subjective as each photo can evoke a certain memory from the past. I loved the selection and wish all the staff and guests fortunate enough to be there for Easter to enjoy the day ( and party!)

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Denise. I hope you have a very enjoyable Easter too.

Susan Young
Explorer

Sean, another set of amazing shots. My favourites are the young leopard cubs. Plus the Zebra, elephant, roller bird etc etc.
What is the success rate of a female leopard tearing her cubs to maturity? How do they survive when mum goes hunting!
Happy Easter Susan

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Susan. The success rate of a mother leopard is sadly very low. Cub mortality is at least 50% and at least 30% for sub-adult leopards. So the chances of a leopard cub surviving to adulthood are rather slim, just proving how incredible leopard mothers can be. Often when their mother is off hunting they will be kept in a den where they are safe and should remain until the mother returns.
Happy Easter to you too, Susan.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

I will never get enough of leopards, they are so plastic and gorgeous and expressive! Cubs are fantastic. They are a symbol of life and hope for the species. The kudu and the zebra pictures are top as well, the Ndzenga lion looks more worn out than Birmingham but is an imposing male. The lilac brested roller is one of the prettiest bird I’ve seen- poor frog! Elephants Always welcome too.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Francesca. Leopards are always amazing to look at. Along with all the rest of course.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Sean, all of the leopard pictures are wonderful but my favorite is the black and white of the old wrinkled elephant. Their is just something about elephants and their size that is captivating. I really liked the birds as well, they are so hard to capture in great pictures.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

The image of the elephant is a spectacular shot, I agree there is something about the size and presence of elephants.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Cracking photos – happy Easter to all staff , guests and visitors to this blog

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Ian. A Happy Easter to you too. I hope you have an amazing Easter Weekend.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Lots of gorgeous and varied pics again. Sean, I love your one of the tiny Nhlanguleni cub peeping out, but my favourite this week is Chris’ one of the 2 Nkoveni daughters playing. While they’re having the time of their lives their poor mother must be hunting all day every day to keep them all fed.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Suzanne. I also love the image of the Nkoveni Young Females. They are so exciting to watch as I know you are well aware.

Barbi Evenson
Senior Digital Ranger

Another amazing week of photography!
Baby cub peeking out from the den is priceless… how lucky to have been there to see that first hand!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Barbi. It was such an amazing sighting to see the shy but inquisitive little cub peeking out.

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

Cub in the den for me!
I must have missed last week…Anyway, the fab Fish Eagle my choice there.
🙏🏻

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Marcia. The little cub was so cute to watch as it crawled around the den and then eventually peeked out there to have a look at us.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Some great photos this week! It was hard to pick a favorite but I would have to say the Ximungwe Young Male in the tree with the beautiful golden light is my favorite. Love it! Thanks to all for the terrific shots!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Darlene. That is a stunning shot of the Ximungwe Young Male.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Sean and team, Every week we look forward to seeing your best of the best and this week did not disappoint! our favorites were the Nkoveni Young Females playing! So great to see Mashaba’s lineage continuing!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Michael and Terri. I also love the shot of the Nkoveni Young Females playing, and yes it is great that the Mashaba (Sunsetbend) Lineage is going from strength to strength.

Jeff Rodgers
Digital Tracker

My favorite is the image of the Wild Dog. It evokes a feeling of it being sad – perhaps because it is separated from its pack.

Debra Matott
Senior Digital Ranger

Lovely group of photos! Good spotting on the leopard cub in the rocks! I’m going to pick the zebra this week! It’s a stunning shot and it looks like he or she just came from the manedresser, the mane is looking so coifed!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Totally agree with Debra. Loved the opening image of the “spotlighted” Nhlanguleni Cub. Scrolling down from the “hairdo” of the zebra to the beautiful portrait barely surpassed the leopard cub as my favotite.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Vin. It was such a great sighting of the little cub.

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

My favorite this week is the first of the Ximungwe male about to pounce on his mother. Although I do also love the simplicity of the eagle, elephant and zebra images. I wouldn’t have noticed the puffed up frog with the lilac breasted roller had you not called it out, so effective was it’s camouflage. I had a similar experience upon returning home from our visit. I zoomed in on a shot of birds at a waterhole only to see a dozen birds I’d not realized were in the image all along. Love those little surprises.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

There can be just one favorite and mine is that tiny baby leopard cub in the crevices of the Nhlanguleni female. But all the other pics are absolutely stunning and lots of leopards, my favorite animal.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you for that Valmai. The tiny little cub is so cute.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Happy Easter to you all at Londolozi🙏🏻❤️. Fabulous photos Sean and team but think the Three Rivers young male is definitely my favorite this week. The subtle lighting just brings his markings out so well. What a handsome leopard 💕

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Happy Easter to you too, Cally. Thank you, The sparkle in the Three RIvers Young Male’s eye is stunning.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Great photos. Thank you all for sharing them

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Christa.

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

Fantastic TWIP Sean. Nice to see some birds. Thanks for sharing.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Leonie.

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Sean, I see that you do not have complete info about Misava. He is the son of Hlaba’Nkunzi (and Nyeleti) who was killed when he was about 8-10 months old. He survived, as you say, by eating anything that he could find, and thus did not get a good amount of nutrition early on in order to grow well. He is small for his age, and might never be territorial, and has been living for 6 years under his father’s protection. We all root for him to survive and somehow find his own space somewhere. Nevertheless, he is a gorgeous male and really very fascinating that he is being seen on Londolozi.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much for the information Lisa. Will update his profile shortly.

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Lovely pics again, I was a bit busy over the weekend, so only saw them now. My favorite is the Ximungwe young male. I study iriscopy and the speck in his left (!) eye is quite spectacular! Actually, I love al the pictures……….

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Great selection of photo guys! Sean, what number litter is this for the Nhlanguleni Female and what litters has she had since the Nkuwa and Finfoot Females? The Nkuwa Female has two cubs on Singita now too!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Hi Michael, thank you so much. I believe that this is at least her 7th litter. Well, at least the ones that we know of, she has gone through periods where she probably could have had cubs but we never saw any signs of them. This litter is the fourth litter that we know of as well since the Nkuwa Female and Finfoot Female litter in 2018.
I believe so, let’s hope that the Nkuwa Female is successful in raising those cubs.

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