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Ximungwe 5:3 Female

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Senegal Bush 3:3 Male

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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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Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Okay, this week’s vote goes to Patrick for his wonderful image of the little elephant smiling, laughing or whatever. He really captured the moment. It is wonderful to see the Birmingham male looking so well and healthy. I have photos of him from 2018 and he doesn’t look much different, except for a few more battle scars, and perhaps graying fur around his muzzle. All the photos are wonderful so each week it’s difficult to choose one…..

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you, it is a great image Denise. He is a magnificent male lion, and it is awesome to hear that you’ve been following his story throughout the years.

Ian McLaren
Explorer

The beautiful sunset is my favourite.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It is a great picture of the sunset! Thank you, Ian.

Sandra Scott
Explorer

Favorite is young elephant stretches its trunk

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you, Sandra. It is a stunning pic.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Sean, What an exciting week! So much activity! We are excited to see the Ximungwe Young Male getting ready to be on his own. Mating activity is crazy – seeing the Ximungwe Female and Senegal Bush Male mating in the open on the airstrip and two Pangolin entwined are two images to be saved. Our favorite image is of the young elephant – looks like it is emailing! A close second is the close-up of the Cape Buffalo – the reflection of the scene in it’s eye is amazing!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It certainly was a brilliant week with our rangers producing brilliant photographs once again. Thank you, Michael & Terri!

Willa Stanger
Digital Ranger

Quite brilliant photos, all the more exciting because I was there during several of these sightings.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

How special, Willa! We look forward to welcoming you home soon.

Lori Dove
Explorer

As much as I love the Pangolin photos my favorite is the Senegal Bush male and the Ximungwe female mating on the airstrip. I can only hope their mating will ultimately bring forth a new set of cubs for her and Londolozi!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It was a very unique sighting, and we are very excited to share any updates in the coming months on the Ximungwe female.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

that pangolin sighting….

a once in a lifetime sighting

loved the baby elephant

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It really was a remarkable sighting, Ian. I’m so glad you enjoyed this week’s pictures.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Loved the pangolin photos, all those beautiful leopard pics, the African fish eagles in the tree, but the baby elephant caught my eye more than any of the others. Adorable shot! Glad to see the Birmingham male looking good! Great TWIP!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you, Darlene. It was a very exciting week in the bush!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Hi Sean my favorite this week is the elephant mother and gorgeous calf. To cute and yes it looks as if it is smiling. All other foto’s are stunning and I loved all the leopard foto’s off course. Glad to hear and see the Senegal Bush male and Ximungwe female are mating, which means more leopard cubs.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It certainly was a very exciting week, Valmai.

Barbi Evenson
Senior Digital Ranger

As always all of the pictures are amazing. The Ximungwe male photo is so regal. What a beautiful creature but the photo of the baby elephant for me this week … OMG…how can you not smile when you look at that. Thank you for putting a smile on our faces too!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you, Barbi. We are so glad this week’s images put a smile on your face!

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

How nice to see the remaining Birmingham male again. At one point it didn’t appear he would make it. Now he is in really good shape. He really is a warrior. Really nice pics Sean. Thanks for sharing.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

I agree with you – he is looking incredible, thank you Leonie.

Rob Shanahan
Guest contributor

Great stuff Sean! Thanks for bringing me along on your adventures and keeping my mind in Londolozi!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

I’m so glad you enjoyed this week’s stories, and hopefully, we will welcome you back soon Rob!

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Those are all stunning pictures! My favourites are the giraffe with the glowing light and the elephant calf just steals the heart. I happened to be there for that Pangolin sighting… Truly an amazing thing! It was quite funny actually Alfred turned to the car and said casually “do you want to see a Pangolin?”…. we arrived to find not one but two!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

How incredible, Kara! It has been a very exciting week of wildlife photography, and so special to hear that you were here to witness some of it!

Linda Horodas
Explorer

I couldn’t help but smile at the baby elephant under her mom! Great pic.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It really is a great pic, Linda.

Anita Santoro
Explorer

I love the eagles but I think I like the color version better 🙂 and of course the littlest ellie! Always look forward to the week in pictures (and the drives)!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you, Anita. I look forward to sharing many more stories with you in the future.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Sean, my favorite picture this week is the Ximungwe Female in the afternoon light with her eyes closed. I think it is a great picture capturing a glimpse of the life of a leopard in the bush.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you, William. It is a very pretty shot from Kate.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Congratulations on all the great photos!
The most incredible is surely the one of the two pangolins mating. I dearly wish I had witnessed such an event! Incredible! I have never seen a pangolin in my life and there were two… This is definitely on my bucket list.
However, the young elephant is so cute, and the leopards and lions are so amazing as well. The couple of fish eagles are beautiful as are the other birds and the giraffe in the golden light looks wonderful.
Thanks for sharing the photos.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you, Christa. It really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience seeing two Pangolins together, and Robbie’s pictures of the sighting are wonderful.

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

Incredible about the pangolins! Lots of great pics this week so of course hard to pic…but for me the little elephant wins🥰 🤩👍

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It was a very unique sighting indeed, Marcia. It is a very sweet picture of the Elephant.

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

What a phenomenal week at Londolozi, especially pangolins mating! Is the gestation period of a pangolin known? Lion dynamics continue to be intriguing, and wishing the XYM good luck as it seems he is on his own. He is (in my opinion) the most beautiful male leopard in the Sabi Sands (although there are a few up there for sure).

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

The Ximungwe Young Male is a very beautiful Leopard indeed & it really was a very special week here at Londolozi, Michael. The Temminck’s Pangolin’s gestation period is generally anywhere between 105-140 days.

Carly M
Senior Digital Ranger

Great pics this week! I think my fave would be the oxpeckers and the lovely pic of the giraffe. The fish eagles definitely look better in colour and that baby elephant is just too cute!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you, Carly. Chris’s shots of the Oxpeckers are really beautiful!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Birmingham male looking much more robust than he did summer 2021.
Baby elephant gets my vote!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

He is indeed looking beautiful, Vin.

Barbara Wallace
Senior Digital Ranger

My favourite photo this week is the smiling baby elephant, just tugged my heartstrings. I am so thrilled about the pangolin sighting, how exciting to be there at that moment!!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

I agree – It is a very cute shot of the Elephant, Barbara.

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

How incredible to find mating pangolins!!! What a Grand Slam home run! All of the photos are great, but whoa the pangolins are just amazing!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

I’m so glad you enjoyed this week’s pictures Lisa, It was an amazing sighting that Robbie captured beautifully.

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

I loved the giraffe most this week, although the baby elephant and the buffalo cow also stirred something in me. And the pangolins! Just… wow! What an experience to have witnessed.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

We really are lucky to have witnessed so much magic in the bush this week, Chelsea.

Linda Rawles
Digital Tracker

Mating pangolins. There is nothing else to say.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Couldn’t agree with you more, Linda.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

The young elephant is adorable, and the sighting of pangolins mating is as cool as it is rare. But the photo of the two African Fish Eagles is truly majestic! Great TWIP Sean and team!!

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