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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 Virtual Safari: Ultimate Game Drive Highlights #141

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Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

What a wonderful story of the success of that one, lonely female ostrich. I have followed this story right from the beginning and it was so amazing to see the first photos and video clips of the first chicks.
The present chicks are again extremely cute – I counted nine, by the way, not eight – and I do hope that most of them will survive. It’s also amazing how fast such a grown ostrich can run.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Christa. I am so glad you have followed along and so this must be some exciting news for you.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Sean these chick’s are so cute and up and about already. Mom and Dad are very proud of their off spring and so rightly so. May they all reach adulthood and roam free on Londolozi.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Valmai. I hope they all reach adulthood, although the chance are quite slim.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

News I had waited for for a long time… and here they are, the fantastic nine! This ostriche’s story is, alike Tsalala females and Mashaba, a great lady’s resilience proof and a moving love story as well! It’s such a joy to see a happy end! I did enjoy the video

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

The story is a little similar to the Tsalala story. It is so great to see the next generation of little chicks running around now.

Leslie Backus
Explorer

I do remember the first lonely female ostrich. In fact, I got to see her and have some photos. She seemed so happy to see us. I loved the Valentine’s Day post about her!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Indeed it was about the valentines video. I am so glad that you can remember it.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

Yes! The Valentine’s Day post about her brought tears to my eyes. I’m so glad they continue to thrive and reproduce.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

I am also so glad that they appear to be thriving and go from strength to strength with each generation.

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Oh that is so special! I remember about the fist clutch of chicks. So neat to see the video of them evading predators- wow lucky they can run fast. Those little chicks are so cute!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Kara. It must have been such a phenomenal sighting watching the lions and leopards go after the ostrich.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

It is really remarkable getting up close to these amazing animals. I had forgotten about the speed!
The opening page video is fun, with the glimpse of the parent’s leg coming down around the chicks.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Vin. They are such fast animals and to see the male in full sprint was awesome. It was quite a cool video to have as the banner.

Gawie Jordaan
Digital Tracker

I remember it well! It is so good to see them survive & thrive! hopefully a few more chicks will make it through to adulthood!

Carolyn Clarkson
Explorer

Fantastic pictures of the ostrich family! How exciting to see them flourishing and now the third generation on the ground. They are such interesting birds and such a good opportunity to study behavior. The chicks are darling and hopefully a good percentage will survive. Please keep us posted.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

I do remember the lone female ostrich. She would come running over to the vehicle as if to say hello and welcome visitors. She tried pecking at my earrings – that was a little too much familiarity! We were thrilled when her ‘partners’ arrived and her new life began. Great that everyone’s doing well!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

How exciting to discover new ostrich chicks! I have followed the story of the lone ostrich female and how she finally was joined by the males, prompting the Valentine’s video. That video is a classic! It is so amusing to watch the chicks – as they eat, run to keep us with their parents, etc. I know the mortality rate is high for ostrich chicks, but at least the flock has grown and is continuing to expand as some have made it to adulthood. I look forward to seeing more footage of this ostrich family. Thanks Sean!

Kylea Potvin
Explorer

What an awesome story and video! The ostrich seems such a whimsical creature, so fun to watch their movements. I am awed at the story of repopulation of the grasslands with Ostrich at Londolozi. It is a wonderful testatment to the work that you all do there to help such a diversity of species survive and thrive. Given the state of the planet, the importance and greatness of the work at Londolozi and other places like it cannot be emphasized, appreciated, and supported enough.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Great video Sean. It is wonderful to see the ostrich back at Londolozi.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

So coo Sean, and thanks for the update on the fine feathered creatures!!

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