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Kyle Gordon


Kyle was born and raised in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. His childhood was spent scurrying barefooted along the banks of various rivers and dams, fishing rod ever-in-hand, enjoying the beauty and freedom of outdoors. Kyle obtained a degree in construction from UCT ...

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on The Trials, Tribulations and Thrill on a Search for Lion Cubs

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WOW beautiful series. How did you achieve the low camera angle?

Hi Mark, thanks very much. We have a special photographic vehicle with a low window that you can lie on your belly to get a great low angle. That in combination with the 600mm f/4.0 makes for some very special shots!

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Thanks for the reply. Sounds like the truck to take!!!

How wonderful! Hopefully there will be some more footage on a Week in Video soon?

I am sure there will, Suzanne!!

What an unforgettable experience all around. Let’s hope the cubs all do well and manage to survive the various threats of the bush.

We are all watching with bated breath, Chelsea!

Great that you have finally been able to see these cubs. They are so cute.

They are the cutest, Christa!

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Interesting insight into the hunt behind some great shots … we may not always appreciate that there’s more than a month of hard work behind the setup!

Thanks, Alex. Yes there is often a lot of toil just to be lucky enough to capture a single moment!

Fantastic sighting, congratulations, job well done.

Hi Kyle and all, you turned a bad day into sunshine! These adorable little cubs would melt anybody s heart! Their eyes seem to bear eyeliner. Too sweet, apparently they know no fear and no pain. I wish them a happy future…

As do we, Fancesca!!

Enjoyable read Kyle with some great photos. I must have missed Nicks elephant pic from last year. It’s beautiful!
Thanks for the 🦁 cub update/video.

An absolute pleasure, Marcia!

Beautifully reported and supported by amazing images – no further words necessary. I’ll just enjoy reading this again.

Thank you, Denise!

Simply wonderful!

How beautiful! Patience pays off again, well done!

Beautiful cubs. I see they don’t have those leopard like blotches on their legs like other lion cubs do, I guess that is not always the case.

Hi Tony, I think they do but it just ay not be as obvious in these images. But I am sure the boldness varies genetically too.

What an amazing sight that must have been! I’m glad your perseverance paid off for you, and for all of us as well. Thank you for the gorgeous shots.

Thanks so much, Barbera. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

Wonderful to see these gorgeous cubs,cute as could be. Gosh what a search you all had looking for these bundles of fur. Thanks for this stunning footage.

Amazing sighting and really terrific images. Well done!!

Kyle you write beautifully about this experience……your descriptions are perfect! A long search for a specific cat or outcome is one of the most wonderful parts of being out in the bush! And having the success at the end of the hard work makes it that much sweeter!

Thank you so much, Lisa. Appreciate it and I am glad you enjoyed the read.

Oh and also…..how does a mama manage to feed 5 cubs with 4 teats? Is there a runt, or do the cubs jostle and fight enough for everyone to finally get a full belly?

Hi Lisa, yes it is always a bit of a jostle but it seems that all the cubs get their fill. I’ve not seen that any of them become runty for lack of nutrition. A little competition never seems to hurt, hey!

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