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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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on Virtual Safari: Ultimate Game Drive Highlights #110

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Mary Kay Mason
Explorer

Wonderful to see the cubs and lioness. Since there are only 3 cubs in the Virtual Safari, has the one which was seen alone not been reunited with the lionesses? Thanks for all you do!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It was great to see the cubs doing so well. No, the cub had still not been reunited, it was just the three cubs.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Sean my heart nearly skipped a beat when you said the Ndhzenga Males are heading straight there where the two lionessess where with the 3 cubs. But luckily they have moved and the Ndhzenga Males are moving more north. Really do hope the lionessess go and fetch the 4th cub and stay out of harms way with these male lions and off course the hyenas. Stunning footage of all the excitement, thank you so much.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It was a fairly nerve-racking morning. But luckily they all got away without any harm.

Paul Buchanan
Explorer

Very nice video. I especially enjoyed seeing the wildebeest. Beautiful animal.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Paul. Wildebeest are great to see.

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

A big cat drive Sean. Did the lone Wildie become supper? Thanks for sharing.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It was indeed a big cat drive this week. Luckily the Wildebeest managed to get away and did not become dinner.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thanks Sean for the Lion safari today. Firstly, the Ndhzenga males seem to have much darker manes than the Birmingham males had. Is this due to genetics? Also, there were 4 males – is the fourth still in SabiSabi? I believe they fathered the Southern Pride cubs…. A question related to the Ntsevu cubs. I know their father was most likely the Birmingham male, but how would the Ndhzenga males know the cubs were not theirs? Or, would they attack and kill any cubs in their new territory? They don’t seem to bother the SP cubs.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

The manes of the Ndzhenga Males are looking impressive, and yes the colouration of the manes is influenced by genetics, in combination with their testosterone levels. The Higher the testosterone the darker the mane. The fourth male has been moving around between Londolozi, Mala Mala and Sabi Sabi.
If a male has mated with a female then he will be under the impression that the cubs are his. If new males move into an area, they know the cubs are not theirs and will likely kill them. After this, the females will then come back into heat allowing the new males to then mate with teh females and have cubs of their own.

William Paynter
Digital Tracker

Sean, thank you for the update on the lions. Fascinating to witness the dynamics in the wild and the fight for survival.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, William. It is always fascinating to watch the dynamics unfold out here and how each individual battles for their survival.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Do hope you all had a wonderful Easter and that the sun came out for you all to enjoy it! Great to see that some of the Ntsevu cubs are still doing well but I have to say, when the Ndzhenga males moved into the area they were last seen and followed the sand river, it seems like they were very interested in that rocky outcrop in the reeds and my heart was in my throat. I do so hope they will make it to adulthood and that the mothers will also manage. It seems an almost impossible task for them all 😕 Loved the slow motion footage of the lions passing yr landi Sean !! Seems the injured one is not managing that well to keep up with them…didn’t actually see the side of his injury but it sounds like it is not healing. Not surprised it looked awful when I last saw it !

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

We did have a great Easter thank you, I hope you did too. Thankfully the cubs are doing alright and staying out of harm’s way for now.
The Ndzhenga Male’s injury has got a little worse in the last few weeks, but his general condition hasn’t deteriorated, if anything he is looking better and bigger than when I last saw him.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Lovely video! Luckily the cubs are very relaxed and seem to have no thought on their mind. Their mums are great, they surely are experienced and alert, maybe the cubs will survive. Wildebeest are great animals, i wonder if somewhere there still are white-tailed ones? You spent a memorable time with those big male lions!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Francesca. We are hoping that the cubs will survive, it is a long and difficult road ahead but the mothers are experienced and have done an amazing job so far.
The Black Wildebeest is the one with the white tail.

Anita Santoro
Explorer

Is it unusual for the wildebeest to be solo like that?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Hi Anita, it is not unusual here. We often see lone males who occupy an area that they have selected based on the abundance/availability of food and water, in the hopes that these resources attract a herd of females to the area. The males that have chosen wisely then will often be in the company of the herds of females for a while before the females move on to the next patch.

Tammy Hynes
Explorer

Can anyone say how the talasasa lioness is doing,nothing g o her for a very long time. I hope she’s well it just wouldn’t be fair if something happened to her

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

I believe that she is doing well. We have not seen her here for a while but from what I have heard, she is doing well.

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Thank you for another great vlog!

Jill Leis
Explorer

Another wonderful Virtual Safari—these videos really make my week as I wait patiently to go on another safari! I really loved the slo-mo of the lion walking by the vehicle, did you do that in camera or in post? I felt like I was right there in person! Thank you, Sean!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Jill. I am so glad that I am able to bring a tiny bit of Londolozi to everyone’s home. I did the settings in-camera for most of the slow-motion footage and then use post-production to fine-tune.

Jill Leis
Explorer

Thank you, Sean!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It is my pleasure.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

These young lions are so cute. It´s good that their mothers are so protective of them. I hope they will survive!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

The cubs are so cute, we are all hoping they survive.

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