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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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on Another Scramble for Cubs- This Time for a Cheetah!

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Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

How mega cool is this: A mother cheetah and four tiny cubs!
Congratulations on the photos of this amazing sighting!
Do your guests ever have any chance of seeing these cubs? Or can only the rangers and the photographic team enjoy them?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It really is so cool to have a mother cheetah with a few cubs around. Let’s just hope that they stay here and that we get to see them again. Yes, guests will certainly have a chance of seeing the cubs if they are found. I was just fortunate enough that I could react to the information of them being seen and get there quick enough to find them before they moved away from the road.

Nick Etches
Explorer

I saw five cubs in Namibia in September 2019. I tried to post a video but it won’t let me

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Superb, and proof you should be prepared to be surprised

The ostriches and cheetahs are signs of changing dynamics ?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It is indeed evidence that you should always be prepared and something I make sure that the camera batteries are always charged and camera cards downloaded.

Jennifer Horne
Explorer

What a rare sighting! How exciting and how lucky are you to have seen mum with her bubs. Sean are cheetahs identified by similar means to leopards ie by their markings? I know the rosette pattern on the leopard allows for accurate identification and I’ve heard a cheetah’s tail can be used in identifying a particular animal. Is that the case or is that a myth?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

We were so lucky to be able to see the mother and her young cubs.
As far as I understand every cat has a unique coat and so their spot pattern is similar to our fingerprint. I have never heard of the tail being used as a means to identify them but I am sure there must be some methods to use it to help.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

I can’t believe your luck! Poor mama with four babies to feed and look after, they are exquisite creatures, they purr and sound soft also in appearance. It’s a pity that females don’t raise cubs together. Human activity has put too a high pressure on this species. I know it is fairly unrealistic but I hope they will all get through

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

I couldn’t believe our luck either. The cubs were so cute and the best thing to be able to see. If only the mothers raised their cubs together it would give them a better chance.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Sean , how exciting to see these beauties. They are absolutely gorgeous with their long hair on their backs. Mom is doing a good job so far, let’s hope they all survive and grow to be stunning cats just like their mom. I’m sure you were thrilled to bits seeing these 4 beautiful cubs.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

I really hope they do survive but the odds are stacked heavily against them for the time being.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Forgot to say thanks for the video, so good to see them out in the open on Londolozi.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It was amazing to see them out in the open.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Sean, That has to be one of the all-time, epic sightings! The video is spectacular and you did a great job of moving quickly to catch them! Thanks so much for sharing this special moment with us! 👍

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Michael and Terri. It was such an epic sighting indeed. I am just so grateful that I was able to react quick enough to get there and see them out in the open.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

A fantastic sighting I wish I could have shared! I once saw a female cheetah with 5 little ones, an experience that I’ve never forgotten. You’re so lucky. Thanks for sharing.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

I wish I could have shared this with you all but thankfully I was able to capture some amazing content that we could put out for everyone to see.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

What an incredibly rare and special sighting, Sean. And those cubs are just heart-meltingly gorgeous!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Suzanne. It really was a magnificent sighting.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

How fortunate! Stunning experience! Great job, Sean!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Vin. It was a once in a lifetime sighting and just glad I could get there to capture it.

Lisa
Explorer

That was a wonderful video to watch. I absolutely love cheetahs. I truly hope and pray that mother cheetah and all her cubs survive. We must do all we can to protect these precious but vulnerable creatures. They have my heart, much like the Tsalala lioness.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Lisa. I agree that we must do all we can to ensure these animals are safe and able to thrive.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Wow, how very exciting!!!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It really was exciting.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

OMG, what a fantastic, perhaps once in a lifetime sighting you had! Your photos and video were amazing – those so cute little fur babies so alert and somewhat relaxed in your view.
I’ve only seen cheetahs this small in documentaries or photographs. Even the adults are hard to find as their territories are so vast. Thank you for this magical experience, even through a computer screen!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Denise. It could very well be a once in a lifetime sighting. They were initially very skittish and ran from the vehicle and then eventually relaxed.

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

Wow! Seeing these four little grumpy faced cubs has made a good day even better. Thanks Sean!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Marcia. They do look somewhat grumpy. I am glad it has made your day even better.

Carly M
Senior Digital Ranger

That was the best article Sean! The video of mum and cubs, as well as those fabulous pics – has made my morning!! Cheetahs are by far my favourite of the big cats, and to see mum with 4 adorable cubs is the best. I’m hoping and praying that they’ll all survive to adulthood!!! They are such beautiful cats – and it’s great to bring the spotlight on them. Please keep us posted on this family if possible. Thanks!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Carly. I am so glad that you loved the blog and video. Cheetahs are magnificent animals and to see a gorgeous mother with her four cubs was spectacular.

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

How wonderful to have that much with a mother cheetah and her cubs!!! Between the Covid and Phil’s health we are missing our annual trip to Londolozi. Hoping that next year we will be a blé to travel again to our favorite place! Victoria

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It was such an amazing time with the young cheetah cubs. I hope Phil’s health improves and that you are able to travel back to Londolozi soon.

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Superb!!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Al.

Anita Santoro
Explorer

Beautiful! We saw a mama and her two older cubs (almost as big as her but still with the little tuff on their shoulders) having an impala lunch in Masai Mara and got a amazing pics! So fantastic!

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

This is amazing Sean! I love the cheetah, and this is an awesome capture. It would be really really cool if this story is able to unfold and be followed like the plucky African dogs that we all followed during the lockdown part of the pandemic!!

Carolyn Clarkson
Explorer

Such an exciting viewing! My favorite-hands down- African predator. I fervently hope that young mother can raise 1 or 2 to maturity. I realize the odds are against her, but one can hope. Thank you so much for posting such a treat. The picture and video were wonderful to see.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Cheetahs are magnificent animals and just like you, I really do hope that this mother is able to raise the young cubs successfully.

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

This is definitely cause for excitement!! Cheetahs are so wonderful to view and their tiny cubs are just adorable in every way! I hope for the best for this little family!! Post photos whenever you can find them, please!!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

A cause for huge excitement. I really hope that we are able to find them again soon.

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