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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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Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

The affection between the Nhlanguleni female and her tiny cub hugging her face moved me the most this week. I felt similarly about the elephant calf sheltering under her mother. The action shots of the cheetah leaping up onto a branch and the vultures mid- squabble were a nice counterbalance.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Chelsea. The interaction between the Nhlanguleni Female and her cub was priceless and so great to watch.

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

Kirst’s photo of the elephant calf is the winner for me. 👍🤩🙏🏻😍

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Marcia. Kirst’s pic of the baby elephant is great.

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

Thanks for the marvelous photos. Victoria

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Victoria.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Great parade of the most beautiful big cats! The little leopard cub is almost too gorgeous to be true… the elephant calf is extra sweet! Wonderful animals. I loved all pictures also the vultures fighting and the hippo menace, the zebra stallion looks gorgeous. The Ximungwe male looks like an adult male, very impressive. The cheetah has extra class and beauty. It is the posh one among big cats! Leopards are raw pure beauty and lions strength and might.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Francesca.

Anita Santoro
Explorer

SO many great shots this week! Sean’s pics of the beautiful Nhlanguleni mom and baby steal the show tho! LOVE!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Anita. The affection between a mother leopard and her cubs is so amazing to watch.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Sean my favorite foto is the Nhlanguleni female and her cub when mom gives the cub affection. Secondly the elephant cow trying to protect her calf from the rain. So many beautiful fotos this week and they are all stunning.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Valmai. Those are some great choices.

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Lovely, thank you! Of course I really like the baby pics…………

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Irene. I think everyone loves pictures of the little ones, whether it be leopard cubs baby elephants or any others.

Barbi Evenson
Senior Digital Ranger

WOW! Everyone of them just breathe taking!
So enjoy looking at them over and over and over
Thank you for the share… love all the babies…
Elephants are precious ♥️

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Barbi.

Debra Matott
Explorer

Beautiful picture one and all! But I can’t seem to pick which of the ones with the cubby in it is my favorite! I guess I’ll pick all of them! Thanks Londolozi for taking the time to show us what you are all about!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Debra. The cubs are always so cute.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Great TWIP again Sean – I particularly loved Kirst’s jumping cheetah, but this week you win it for me with the last of your pics of the Nhlanguleni female and cub. By the way, is Nkuwa’s territory anywhere near to her mother’s? (and Finfoot’s territory as well)

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Suzanne. The Nkuwa Female does overlap a little bit with her mother’s territory. Sadly, the Finfoot Female moved further south in search of a territory and we have not heard anything more on her since then.

Linda Rawles
Digital Tracker

Such great pictures! And, Sean, you need to tell one of those pangolins to stay safe and hang around until I get there in November! Last trip, I saw an aardvark at Samara; this time, fingers crossed for pangolin! (Sadly, the most trafficked animal in the world and so in much danger.)

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that one is found when you are here on your next visit. It must have been amazing to see an aardvark.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Sean, You’ve amazed us once again! Our favorite is the two Ndhzenga males. Two hansome devils!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Michael and Terri. The Ndzhenga Males do look awfully handsome in that picture.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

I love all your photos. They are. as always, great.
My favorites are the ones of the Nhlanguleni Female and her cub. They show so much love between mother and cub.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Christa. There is so much love between a mother and her cubs.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thanks Sean for the brilliant images you’ve posted from you and the team. Each one was special especially your series with Nhlanguleni and one of her cubs. Hopefully the second one is still around. I had heard through the “bush wire” Nkuwa has given birth to a couple of cubs and the father is purported to be Hosana. It was terrific to read such good news! Hopefully for you she’ll spend more time in Londolozi and bring her cubs. It’s almost impossible to choose a top image this week, but if pushed, I really like Kirst’s baby elephant sheltering from the rain under its mum. Your guests have certainly been rewarded with fantastic sightings of late and to see a Pangolin – that’s the grand prize! Maybe next year for me 🤞

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Denise. Yes, Nkuwa has given birth to two cubs. Hopefully, she will bring them across onto Londolozi when they are a little bigger.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

So many wonderful choices, but I have to go with the Nhlanguleni female and her cub looking at the vehicle. Fabulous! Thanks for delighting us again!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Darlene. It is a rather captivating image as both of them are looking straight into the camera.

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Absolutely love these pics Londolozi team, and the Ximungwe Male is fast becoming a firm favorite; he is absolutely stunning. I have a couple of litters recorded for the Nhlanguleni Female, but is it possible you could provide a breakdown of all of her known litters? Would be greatly appreciated!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Hi Michael. Thank you so much. The Ximungwe Young Male is growing so quickly and is always great to spend time with.
I replied to your last comment asking about the previous litters of the Nhlanguleni Female. Here is our records of her litters, we have most likely missed a few due to her spending so much time in the Sand River and being difficult to find.
2015 October- 3 cubs one lost early on the other two made it to about 6 months then also lost.
2017 April- only one cub was viewed for a brief period.
2018 March- Nkuwa and Finfoot Females
2019 December- 2 cubs viewed to the west of the Londolozi camps for a few months then lost.
2020 January- 2 cubs viewed around Mhangeni Double Crossing also lost after a few months.
2020 August- 1 cub was only found when about three months old and presumed to have been born in August.
2022 March- 2 cubs are currently being raised.

Doug Hammerich
Digital Tracker

Very impressive photo of the lappet faced vulture!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Doug.

Moira McLachlan
Explorer

All the photos are fantastic. So many special moments were captured. The affection between the Nhlanguleni female and her tiny cub is an awesome photo. I love the two Ndhzenga male lions, the vultures are brilliant and the baby elephant is just gorgeous so is the pic of the cheetah sitting on the tree. Too hard to choose loved them all.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

There’s so much sweetness in these photos , you could get diabetes 👀

Cracking photos

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

What a bonus to have had sightings of the Pangolin Sean. Loved your collection of photos of the Nhlanguleni female and her cub. Its always so difficult to pick a winner as every photo has stunning light, action and affection but I have to go with the beautiful baby elephant taking shelter under his mum this week. Well done to you all, yet again, for these fabulous images 🙏🏻💕

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It was such a bonus. We have actually seen a few different pangolins in the last two weeks it has been great.

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Wonderful photos this week! I really hope that Nkuwa is successful with her first litter of cubs….and we are hoping that they are Hosana’s. Nkuwa and Finfoot and Nhlanguleni are all such gorgeous females!

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