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Ximungwe 3:3 Young Male

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Nkoveni 2:2 Young Female A

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Nkoveni 3:3 Young Female B

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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 The Week in Pictures #548

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Ian McLaren
Explorer

The intensity of the eyes of this young cub from the Ntsevu Pride makes this the picture of the week for me. And the patch of blood on it’s nose.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

There is definitely an intense connection with the eye contact of the young lion.

Sally Stevens-Taylor
Digital Ranger

My favorite? The Nkoveni young females playing. So fun to see it before life gets serious for them. Thank you for feeding my thirst for Africa.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It is such a great image. I love the interactions between young leopards, and like you say the fun before everything gets very serious for them.

William Paynter
Digital Tracker

Sean, the picture of the Ntsevu cub is stunning. Thanks for TWIP.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

You are most welcome, William. I agree that the Ntsevu cub is a stunning shot.

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

The color leopard in the leadwood by Chris wins for me this week. 👍

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thanks, Marcia. That is a cracking shot by Chris.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

All pictures are absolutely stunning like the animals they portray and feelings they convey. It’s too a difficult choice… I’m too happy to see the Tsalala female! Acting like a leopard… that picture could be a nr1. Also the three river female, the Nkoveni youngsters and the giraffe.. but the look of the lion cub that has escaped so many danger is unique. Young and innocent but still hard-pressed by life. She bears a sort of wisdom. This is my choice

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Francesca. There are some great pics to choose from this week making it difficult but that young lion is a cracker.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

So many choices, only one vote, how do I choose?! Well it was tight, but I had to go with my heart and choose Barry’s photo of the Tsalala female up the tree. She looks wonderful – well nourished, muscular, just like a young female should be. Obviously she’s faring well on her own, just like her mother. The Nkoveni twins look great too and are so big.
Any sightings of Mashaba and her cubs or Nhlanguleni? I see that Nkuwa has a cub now too in the property next to you – seems there’s been a baby boom. It’s terrific that the species are doing so well and a testament to the work that conservation plays in keeping their environment safe and healthy. Thanks Sean!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

The Tsalala Female is doing so well at the moment. Every time we see her she appears to be thriving.
Sightings of the Mashaba Female have been scarce and so we are not too sure where she has moved her cubs to. The Nhlanguleni Female has been spending a lot of time with her cubs in the Sand River making it difficult to view them too.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

How nice to see a photo of the young Tsalala lioness again. She seems well fed and in very good condition.
Also good to see that the Ntsevu prides youngsters are doing well.
I love your leopard photos! Can’t get enough of them.
And, last but not least, the photos of the giraffes, the zebra and the elephant are so beautiful. Thanks!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

The Tsalala Female is doing so well. Thanks so much, Christa. There was a great selection of images this week.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

The image of the young female cub is a winner for me! Her direct stare, unscarred face and the tad of red make it a very special capture.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

That is a great image. The intensity in the stare is so captivating.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Oh, you make this difficult! 😂 The Tsalala female is beautiful, the lioness looking up at the vultures is very intriguing, the photo of one of the last cubs of the Birmingham males is fantastic, but my heart always leads me back to the Three Rivers female. She is beautiful, strong, and determined. That photo reflects that! My pick of the pics!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

The shot of the Three Rivers Female is also a great one.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Loved seeing the Tsalala Female in a majestic pose as well as a clumsy climb.
It seeems as though a buffalo in a crowd always finds the camera.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It has been so great that the Tsalala Female has stuck around. Let’s hope she stays here. It does appear that a buffalo always seems to find the camera while in a crowd.

Debra Matott
Senior Digital Ranger

Ntsevu sub adult on the termite mound is my pic of the week! Such an intense stare! Tsalala Female is looking very good and full, it probably didn’t help her when she climbed the tree, lol. What a great week in the bush you all had! Thanks for sharing!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It has been a great week thanks, Debra.

Denys Sarazin
Explorer

The Tsalala female sitting on a termite mound reminded me instantly of Elsa of Born Free fame, I simply love big cats but lions have a special place in my heart.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

I guess there is some resemblance there.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Kyle’s pic of the Nkoveni sisters playing gets my vote this week, but I am totally intrigued by the Tsalala female climbing the tree. How close did she get to the Senegal Bush male and his kill?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Kyle’s image is a fantastic one. She got very close, but then the carcass fell out of the tree and she halted her advance on the Senegal Bush Male and descended the tree. We will put a blog out on it this week.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Hi Sean, it’s good to see the Tsalala female is doing well on her own. The Ntsevu young males are stunning and are going to be beautiful lions. Loved all the leopard foto’s. Buffalo foto so unique and absolutely amazing.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It is great that the Tsalala Female is doing so well. Thank you so much, Valmai.

Lisa
Explorer

Love love love the Tsalala female. I’m also glad that the remaining Ntsevu cubs are still around. I hope they all survive.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Lisa. I hope the Sub-adults survive too.

Linda Horodas
Explorer

Oh, Sean, can’t I just choose all of them? I so miss my animals and safari. I am thankful for you all bringing me a piece of Londolozi on a daily basis!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Linda. I am glad we get to share this amazing place with everyone across the globe.

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Why do buffaloes almost always grin??

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

I love the Tsalala female, but I sure hope that she stays away from our leopards! The photos are terrific this week!

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