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Nhlanguleni 3:2 Female

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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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Marc Grawunder
Senior Digital Ranger

Stunning images. Thanks for sharing,Sean.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Marc.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Well, as is the new normal, all are fabulous images, but Kate’s little elephant photos captured my heart this week, nose in water and laying across a big sister/brother. Certainly shows the playfulness of little Ellie’s!!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Elephants are always so great to watch.

Tony McCutcheon
Explorer

Great to see the cheetah, from what i’ve heard they’re quite rare in Sabi Sands. I’m hoping to eventually see one on Wild Earth.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Cheetah are fairly rare in the Sabi Sands, we are seeing more now than we used to but there are certainly a lot less cheetahs than there are lions and leopards.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

Oh my gosh, the elephant calf face down in the mud made me laugh out loud while finishing my breakfast! Definitely my favorite image for the week, although I appreciated the piglets and birds, too. The Xinkhova female leaping into the tree was perfectly timed.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It is such a comical photo of the young elephant face down.

Sandra Scott
Explorer

Very hard to choose a favorite. But I have 2… the elephant calf submerging face first into soft mud & elephants near a water hole or mud wallowing

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Those are two great choices. The elephants are always entertaining.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

The Three Rivers Young Male looks to be well fed. He is very impressive.
It would have been quite funny if a plane with first-time visitors was approaching the airstrip while the lions were conducting their business.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

He was relatively well fed which made him look all that more impressive. It would have been a fantastic welcome to Londolozi, wouldn’t it?

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Oh no, I can’t just choose 1! Kate has certainly had an amazing week – the 2 of the ellie calf are irresistible, and as for the lions mating on the airstrip…outrageous! (I only hope no planes were due in at the time!) I also particularly loved Matt’s image of Xinkhova just as she was about to climb the tree.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Kate really did have an amazing week. And Matt’s picture is also stunning.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

TWIP made it hard this time! So many great shots from the little elephant burrowing in the mud to the warthog piglets running to the beautiful cat photos! But picking one, I will pick the beautiful Tsalala female with that blue sky background. It barely edged out the male cheetah! One of the best TWIP’S!!!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

The shot of the Tsalala Female is a stunning picture. Thank you so much, Darlene.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

The leopards, the kudu bulls and the lions are gorgeous, but this time the elephant calf submerging itself in the mood made me laugh, there’s nothing more precious! So that’s my choice this week. I’m so glad to see the Tsalala female thriving and all those superb leopards as well. I hope the Mashaba female is fine too.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

The photos of the elephants in the mud are great. The Mashaba Female is doing well. She is seen every now and then.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Great pictures again Sean, thanks. I liked the picture of the three elephants at the mud hole. Very entertaining to see their positions and I am sure they enjoyed themselves.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, William. The elephants at the mud wallow was such a lovely scene.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

The leopards, the kudu bulls and the lions are gorgeous, but this time the elephant calf submerging itself in the mood made me laugh, there’s nothing more precious! So that’s my choice this week. I’m so glad to see the Tsalala female and the Xinkova thriving and all those superb leopards as well. I hope the Mashaba female is fine too.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

I agree, the elephant in the mud is such a great choice.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Sean, Thanks for another set of reasons why we can’t wait to return to Londolozi! (August 2023!). We enjoyed the stories and our favorite image has to be the young elephant with its head in the mud! 🤣

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

We look forward to seeing you in August. The elephant shot with its face in the mud is classic.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Great photos again! Thanks for sharing.
I think I like the Kudu photo best because of the fantastic light.
But all the other photos show so much entertaining energy of their protagonists that it is really not easy to make a choice. They are all so wonderful.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

The light on the kudu was fantastic, such a tranquil scene too.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

So many stunning foto’s Sean and each one with their own story behind it. Loved the little elephant with his face in the mud and the little piglets are so cute. The Three Rivers male cub is something else, looking at him know reminds me so much of Ntomi which I thought was a stunning leopard. So soon this leopard will get his own name and rightfully so.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Forgot to mention how beautiful the Tsalala female is and how wonderful she kept on going even when everything was against her. She really is a true survivor and a formidable lionessess.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Valmai. There were some great pictures this week. The Three Rivers Young Male is an impressive young male and I agree that the Tsalala Female is a true survivor.

Ulrike Stohrer
Explorer

It is hard to choose this week. So many beautiful and interesting images! Lions and leopards are always great, of couse the elefants bring us much of joy and fun. The “regal” male cheetah in golden light looks very beautifulvand elegant. Yet, my favoured is the one of the Xinkhova female about to jump. The exact moment is captured when she pushes herself off the ground: you can feel the concentrated energy unfolding in the next moment. What a storytelling capacity lies in this picture, which invites the viewer to tell it further in their own minds! Congrats!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Ulrike. It is such a great image.

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Another stunning week! The pictures of the elephants put a huge smile on my face – particularly the small one face first in the mud – I can just feel their joy through the photo!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Kara. I also love the photo of the young elephant with its face in the mud.

Carly M
Digital Tracker

I absolutely love the pic of the warthog and the piglets this week, followed by that beautiful pic of the cheetah!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Warthog piglets are such funny animals to watch. I am glad you like the pic of them.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Just have to love that little Eli with its face in the mud 👌🏻💗a real classic . Super photos as always Sean and team !!!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It is such a great image.

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