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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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Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Another great WIP Londolozi! Especially enjoyed the ones of the giant land snail and the Ndzhenga male with the giraffe (the size contrast is amazing). Have you seen any signs of the Tsalala lioness potentially coming into her first estrus cycle?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Michael. It is incredible to see the size difference between a fairly large male lion and a giraffe’s head. We haven’t seen any signs yet. We have heard her calling, but are unsure of whether that is her trying to meet up with another lion to mate or for companionship.

Gawie Jordaan
Digital Tracker

Again a challenge choosing one, but the Fotos of the elephant’s foot, Landsnail & Leopard Tortoise has great detail. Thank you for all the beautiful pictures. I have seen the footage of the dark maned, and it will be a true miracle if he survives.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Gawie. I am glad you love a lot of the photos.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Fabulous WIP Sean!! Too many amazing choices, but I really like Kyle’s b/w portrait of the Senegal Bush male, followed closely by your Ndhzenga male next to the giraffe head. The size difference is incredible.
It is good to see both the Tsalala female and the Birmingham coalition on the property, but it’s really a shame she is still alone. Kudos to everyone who submitted photos this week!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Denise. It is a cracking image of the Senegal Bush Male. The size difference is astounding between the lion and the giraffe’s head.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Fantastic foto’s this week Sean and I must say the comparison between the lion head and giraffe head is incredible. Good to the Birmingham lions back again and only time will tell who is going to be the dominant males. Loved the elephant calf with his trunk up in the air, so cute and that is my favorite foto this week.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Valmai. It is almost unbelievable to see the size difference.

Brian Cooke
Explorer

Brilliant photos! Hard to say which one was best. Perhaps the sunset silhouette with vultures.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Brian. That is a really great pic, it almost looks like a painting.

Sandra Scott
Explorer

Favorite is the tiny elephant calf

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Baby elephants are so cute.

Karen Hart
Senior Digital Ranger

The image of the male lion versus the giraffe head is stunning. Great work.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Karen. It is a cool pic.

Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

Sean’s amazing photo of the Lion with the Giraffe definitely states that he is indeed King of the Jungle!!!!!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Camille.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Incredible TWIP, loved the photo of the two Birmingham males, so beautiful! I am wishing them much success at finding a territory to rule. But my fav is the athletic stretch of the male lion as he chases the vulture away from the giraffe carcass! Well done!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Darlene. I thin we are all rooting for the Birmingham Male and Nkuhuma Male.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Thanks Sean for a great selection of images! It’s tough to decide on a favorite, but we will choose Chris Taylor’s Ndzhenga Male shot. Great angle!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Michael and Terri. That is a fantastic shot.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

A great photographic week! The colors in the photos of the giraffe on the airstrip and against that pale blue sky, are really stunning. Great photos!
The Tsalala lioness does look a bit hungry in the photo. Has she lost her female companion for good?
The giraffe’s head is really huge. When one sees the animals on their own, the heads seem to be smallish in comparison to the length of their bodies. However, down on the ground one realizes how big it actually is.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Christa. The giraffes on the airstrip is such a great picture. Yes, I think that the Tsalala Lioness has lost that companionship of the Mhangeni Female. It is believed that the Mhangeni Lioness is pregnant and probably just about to give birth and so it is unlikely that she will break away from her pride now.

Michael Kalm
Guest contributor

BRILLIANT collection!!! I am just in awe!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Michael.

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Crazy week. Loved the snail 😊also the Senegal bush male at night and all of the amazing lion shots and crazy vultures – so pretty much everything!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Kara. There were some great pics this week.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Ndzhenga staring up at the vultures is a fabulous photo 👌🏻…although the one comparing the head sizes with the giraffes is incredible too! Stunning photos from you all …well done to everyone contributing❤️ Always so pleased to see Tsalala looking well and keeping out of trouble.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Cally. There was some fantastic pics this week.

Willa Stanger
Senior Digital Ranger

Ha! Elephant toenails and snails (no puppy dog tails)?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Haha, sadly no puppy dog tails this week.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Sean another spectacular TWIP’s. My favorite this week is Kyle’s picture of the vultures in a tree silhouetted by the evening sky. Super shot.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, William. That is a great shot of the vultures.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Stunning images this week, Sean! Impossible to choose a favorite. Thank you for sharing all these sightings- wish I were there!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Mary Beth. I am glad you like all of them.

Anita Santoro
Senior Digital Ranger

Baby ellies always a win for me 🙂 Bloody dog face awesome as well! Beautiful skylights this week!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Anita.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Favorites were Kyle’s B&W leopard, wild dog & vultures AND Chris’s upward looking lion and giraffe in the panoramic landscape.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Bob. Those are some great choices.

Carly M
Senior Digital Ranger

A nice variety this week! My vote is of the gathering of giraffes on the airstrip, followed by the lovely shot of the snail! The first pic of that amazing coloured sky is brilliant too.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Carly. I also really like the shot of the giraffes on the airstrip.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

Such variety this week of creatures great and small, and scenes both cute and morbid. The sunset behind the Birmingham male is spectacular. Will there be more coverage regarding the injured Northern Avoca male?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

There was a great selection of images this week.

Sadly, we have not seen anything of the Northern Avoca Males since the run-in with the buffalo. But I believe that the Dark Maned Avoca Male has subsequently succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hi Sean, I do love all pictures. High quality and great subjects. My sister undoubtedly chose the “big- bwellied lion”. I have love snails since I was a little girl… I am between the Birmingham male and the Nhlanguleni female, who apparently is lost in awe in the luxury greenery. Congratulations

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Francesca. Those are all great choices this week.

Moira McLachlan
Explorer

All the photos are fantastic as usual, I do like the one with the Tsalala female in it, she is looking in great condition. I’m so impressed by her ability to thrive considering she has spent so much of her young life with just her mother or sadly on her own now. Do you know why she is no longer with the other female she teamed up with recently?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Moira. The Tsalala Female is doing so well. She is thriving at the moment. I believe the Mhangeni Lioness has joined up with her pride and the Tsalala Female is sadly not welcomed within the pride.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Some cracking photos , the tortoise , the Senegal Bush male – the photo that stands out for me – is the fasting vultures, it’s like a vision from some dystopian film – and very unlike the usual beautiful shots.
What so many of these photos show is the ability to photograph from a level equivalent to eye level of the animal(s) being photographed.
A special mention for the wild dog photo

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

It should read feasting, they are doing anything but feasting

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Ian. The feasting vultures are quite unusual but intriguing though. There are a lot of images that are taken with the perspective of being at eye-level.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Incredible array of brilliant photos this week Sean! Stunning photographs of the big cats, especially the loin/giraffe series, but also so many beautiful images of very cool little creatures, like the giant snail and leopard tortoise! and that shot of the vultures is amazing!!

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