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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 #115

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Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

How fortunate to be able to watch the interaction between the mother and cub right after a kill! A rare sight for sure.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

We were so fortunate. It was amazing to see her strength as she dragged the carcass.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

What amazing footage of the cheetah mother and her very playful cub, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that on the blog before – a real rarity even for you, I’m sure?
As you say, it must have been extremely frustrating for the Ximungwe female trying to drag that large impala while her son treated it as a plaything, especially now he’s as big as her. We were so fortunate in February to see them both on a kill, which she then hoisted in a tree! – that’s always been on our bucket list but never thought we’d actually see it happening just a few feet away. As she pulled it along a branch, the impala’s stomach fell out and plopped onto the grass right in front of her startled cub. We just couldn’t believe our eyes.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Suzanne. It was a magnificent sighting of the two cheetahs. That must have been an amazing sighting to watch her hoist the impala into a tree, that for sure is a true demonstration of pure strength.

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

LOVED watching the cheetahs! It felt special to see all their interactions; from threat response, to play and touching…Thanks! 💗

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Marcia. I also really enjoyed just sitting there with the cheetah and watching the interaction between the two.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thanks so much Sean for this fantastic virtual safari today. Watching the cheetah cub play, running sprints plus hiding, was like watching a small child – full of energy and testing boundaries. Mom seemed patient until the end….
I marveled at the strength of the Ximungwe female, especially her jaw, as she moved that impala ram across the clearing, with certainly no help from her son. It seems cubs are not taught about helping with a kill! Hopefully they both will be able to eat a good meal, rest up a bit and then place the the remaining carcass in a nearby tree. It’s always painful to learn that a female leopard especially, has managed to make a kill, only to have it stolen by another leopard, or worse, the hyenas. But, that’s the way it is in the wild.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Denise. It is fascinating to see the strength of a leopard. They are incredible animals.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Amazing videos of the cheetahs and the leopards, thanks Sean!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, William. I was so lucky to be able to be there to witness both sightings and it is a huge privilege to share them with everyone.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Beautiful video Sean of the Cheetah mother and her playful cub, that’s not something we see everyday. She is a stunning cat and cub as well. Good to see the Ximungwe female and her male cub again. So playful and I think he was annoying her while she tried so hard to drag the huge impala. Both of then Beautiful.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Valmai. Cheetahs are stunning animals and so it was amazing to spend some time with the two of them.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

The elegance and frail beauty of cheetah and the sudden coming of a hyena makes me think of a story by Namibian native population, about why cheetah have the tears markings. They are a wonder and it must have been a joy to share their day. The same for the Ximungwe female and her strong, confident son. I am always sorry for impala, they are lovely creatures too, but so nature works and leopards are perfect killers, their prey die quickly in a “clean” way. Very relaxing and joyful video!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Francesca. I am so glad you enjoyed this video.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Both parts of today’s video are amazing.
It’s beautiful to be able to see the relationship between cheetah mother and her cub; the youngster is so full of energy and she seems to be such a patient mother.
The same can be said about the leopard mum and her big son who is constantly interfering with her struggle to get the carcass to a safe place. What amazing sights you present in your photos and videos every day and every week. Very nice for the guests who are lucky enough to be able to watch this as well.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Christa. We are so fortunate to be able to witness some magical moments in the wild.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

The quickness of the cheetas is amazing. They get to full speed so rapidly.

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