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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 My Favourite Moments With The New Lion Cubs

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Ian McLaren

Lovely photography. I agree with you – my favourite is the little cub in the tree. The expression on the little face is magic.

Martha Myers

You’ve outdone yourself with this blog, Robbie! My favorite is the same as yours, but coming in second is the cub and its reflection and third, the cub with its papa – a rare sight to see such interaction with cubs that young. Enjoy while it lasts! By the time I get there [mid-May] they’ll be all grown up. 🙂

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

I think this should have come with a cuteness warning

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

You are completely right, Robert: One can never get enough footage of cubs.
They are just so adorable and super cute!!
Thanks for the great photos and the lovely video clips.
I am really looking forward to meeting and watching these cubs in a few months, though they will already be much bigger by then, of course.

Sandra Scott
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh my gosh, such precious little cubs. peek a boo and the one posing in the tree are my favorites.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Absolutely brilliant post highlighting your time spent with these adorable little cubs. Your video is priceless, especially the interaction between the Ndhzenga male and his possible offspring as well as the scene at the edge of the water. I’m hoping to see a few of these playful little ones during my stay!!

Anita Santoro
Senior Digital Ranger

Cuteness overload!!!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Sweet blog, Rob! Lion cubbies just have to make everyone smile! I agree with your choice of favorite image – that little one is simply adorable with her liquid eyes and soon-to-be-ferocious claws!

Jane Retief Thomson
Digital Ranger

Such a special, lovely blog Robbie. We hope the little cubs are thriving. We felt so lucky to be able to see them when they were so tiny.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Robert, thanks for the blog on the lion cubs. You can not say cute or great photo enough.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Robert these little bundles of fur are gorgeous and very mischievous. Good to see the lionesses look out for each other’s cubs. Lots of beautiful foto’s and the video is awesome. Robert do you know what is going on with the point system for the month of April. Seems to be incorrect.

Tony McCutcheon

Great pics and video. Can’t wait to see what the future brings.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Beautiful post Robert. The sheer number of images is stunning, not to mention the content. And I love your reflection as to whether you should be capturing the cubs in photo and video, or just simply enjoy them. A real conundrum! Happily, there were enough opportunities to do both, much to our mutual benefit!

Mark Ceres

Wow amazing lion series. My favorite is the one hanging over the branch. They are all wonderful!!!!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Robert, thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous images and video. Those cubs are just soooo cute. Have all the Ntsevu females had litters now?

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

I love the image of the cub climbing. It looks like it’s posing for a glamour shot! Absolutely adorable.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hello Kyle, this are the video and pictures of the Year! Absolutely stunning, amazing, cute and simply beautiful like a natural fairytale. I am so happy this is our Easter surprise, thank you. If I were in your shoes I think I wouldn’t have been able to take good pictures, as it is so elating!

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you for sharing these outstanding photos and video footage. Nice to see Auntie leading the cubs back to Mama and also despite the annoyance factor, how playfully the Male lion treated the cubs! Fabulous. Hope we can see more of them as they mature.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Robert, Thanks for the awesome Lion cub shots! The video is so cute and captivating!

Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

Robbie. Just now getting to your Lion Cubs post. Your favorite is also mine. I was reading stretched out with my computer in my lap. When this playful photo scrolled in I had direct eye contact with that Cutie Pie!! Thanks for a day brightener…come July they will not be so roly poly cute!!!

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