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Robert Ball


Robbie developed a passion for the African bush from many visits to his family’s small holding in a greater conservancy just outside Johannesburg. Living in the big city his whole life, he always found refuge in the outdoors and has grown to appreciate ...

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on Pangolins Mating – A first for many rangers at Londolozi!

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William Paynter
Master Tracker

This is truly a once in a lifetime sighting, thanks for sharing Robbie.

Wow Robbie, what an amazing sighting and incredible experience for you and your guests. Needless to say, I am very jealous and incredibly envious. Take care George

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Truly an amazing experience! I was lucky enough to be there at the time and count that among the most spectacular sightings I’ve seen. Fingers crossed for a “pangopup “ 😊

Willa Stanger
Senior Digital Ranger

Super duper, Robbie. I was one of the beneficiaries of the sighting, so I also have multiple photos. None as good as yours, though. Huzzah to you and Trevor!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Master Tracker

Robbie, What an amazing sighting! First to even find a Pangolin, but then… mating Pangolins! We were super lucky to find one on our last visit, and that will probably be our first and last sighting. Thanks for the despription of how they mate – seems complicated for sure. Well done!!!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Wow! I love the idea of pangolins compared to leopards, sometimes biologists stress on the social attitude of animals to let them seen more alike us… but also lonely is cool! And pangopups, fantastic! Great news and images

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Master Tracker

As a concerned frequent guest, isn’t it rather dangerous to showcase pangolin photos because of poachers? I’m sure the GPS data has been removed from the photo metadata.

Linda Rawles
Digital Tracker

Great reminder, Bob and Lucie, for all visitors to turn off locators on their cameras when they photograph.

Alex McMillan
Senior Digital Ranger

A brilliant sighting … could be of interest to scientists if there’s little known about their behaviour. I’ve been going to the Kruger since my childhood in the early 1970s and have never seen a pangolin to this date … lucky lucky lucky (and good tracking!)

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Wonderful story on the Pangolins and they are interesting animals to watch. So glad to see them mating which means a pub will be born soon.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

You were so lucky, Robert and Trevor that you have been able to see even two Pangolins. Wow! I have been on so many safaris and never seen even one. But there is still hope…

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Wow Robbie, that is the holy grail of sightings, and even one better inasmuch as they were mating! I’m thrilled for the potential of adding another pangolin to the population, and a bit envious as well, as that sighting has escaped me every trip made to Africa. Next time….

Vin Beni
Master Tracker

We were fortunate to discover a pangolin a few visits ago. We also had many encounters during our visit to Tswalu Kalahari , a camp which is conducting research on them,

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