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James Souchon

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James started his guiding career at the world-renowned Phinda Game Reserve, spending four years learning about and showing guests the wonder of the incredibly rich biodiversity that the Maputaland area of South Africa has to offer. Having always wanted to guide in the ...

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on The Most Relaxed Otter I Have Ever Seen

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Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Waiting to see one…..in the meantime go to the Pantanal to see the giant otters there! They are amazing!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

I can’t believe my luck this week… a blog on an African wild cat and another about otters! They are amazingly intelligent, their tricks can rival a monkey. To us they appear very amusing to watch, it couldn’t be the opposite as they are very active- merry- animals. Thank you so much for such precious info and beautiful pictures and video!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

How thrilling to have finally seen an otter! And what special images to document the siting! Now that we’ve seen a pangolin, maybe we’ll see an otter next visit?! Congratulations!

Anita Santoro
Senior Digital Ranger

Had no idea you guys had otters too!! They are so cute! Even the bigger ones like you have…ours seem a bit smaller (CA) 🙂

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

What a wonderful sighting, James! But wasn’t the otter concerned about the nearby crocodile?

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

James it is good to have a story from you from time to time. The otters are incredibly cute and they are such good swimmers. Good video showing just how inquisitive they are and also at the same time being shy. Also saw the crocodile in the water, which makes it dangerous for the otters being in the water.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Great story James! I loved seeing this little river otter. In Northern California, I tend to see sporadically the sea otters, but a trip to Moss Landing next month should provide many opportunities to photograph them as there is a colony in the cove. You’re so correct about never knowing what you might see on a drive, but there will always be something special!

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Thanks you James for the story about the otters on Londolozi. They are fascinating creatures.

Ann Marie

The cover pic is a perfect “Poster Child!” ❤️❤️❤️
Love them all, especially the video. Thanks for sharing!

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

Fantastic sighting! An otter just came to me in a dream a few nights ago and now this blog—the Universe must be telling me I need to play more.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Soo jealous of any otter 🦦 sighting.

Matched only y by my desire to see a caracal

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Very cool James, and terrific video of the otter!

Carolyn Clarkson

It was so nice to see the otter. They are delightful to watch both playing and swimming for prey. Very nice video!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Hope to be able to see an otter at Londolozi one day. So far I haven’t seen many of these cute animals

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