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Kate Arthur

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After a few years of working in the world of economic consulting, Kate’s love of adventure, wilderness and sense of curiosity led her to move away from the city and join the Londolozi guiding team. It was amidst her years of studying politics, ...

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on The Power of Habituation: Reverence, Patience and Persistence

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What an incredibly dazzling and informative article, Kate. Having been a recent beneficiary of habituation during our 16 day visit I can attest to its major benefits.

Such a special blog Kate, thank you. That reverence is something we never take for granted. Each time we are fortunate enough to experience such wonderful and amazing sightings we are filled with gratitude and awe and very aware of our responsibilities in this amazing cycle of life with these wonderful predators.

Kate, habituation is a life long process as we all know, but also a privilege that Londolozi shares with the world. Thank you for the blog and information.

I have again just had the most incredible and exciting sightings of the big five plus cheetah, plus all the other animals at Londolozi.
What makes these sightings really fantastic is the tolerance of these wild animals. They tolerate us to watch the most private and personal aspects of their lives, presenting their cubs and pups, tolerate us watching their mating a.s.o. This is certainly because of the careful way the habituating is done at Londolozi and the respect the animals get from us human animals.
As a guest, I think, that the animals find the respect at Londolozi that they deserve. It is something really precious and not self-evident.
That makes the safari experience here so special.

Lucky indeed 🙂

Thank you Kate for sharing your story on Habituation, Patience and Persistence. Everybody involved in practicing this needs a medal. Always keeping the animals interest first in mind and making sure every guest is safe and have the opportunity to see these magnificent animals in their own environment. Respect is the key word here for the animal, and the Rangers of Londolozi do just that. That is why they are so successful in showing the guests these amazing predators.

Kate, you have clearly highlighted the importance of letting animals take the lead on becoming habituated. Even with the sight of humans and the rattle of the vehicles, they go about their lives without missing a beat and for that I am grateful. Each sighting, as we sit quietly, is proof that the habituation process is working.

A lovely blog, Kate, sensitively presented.

Londolozi has been setting the bar high in terms of the best example for decades, and I’m so glad your philosophies and methods are catching on elsewhere. It gives me hope for the conservation of our wildernesses, and the dream for humans worldwide to remember it’s possible for all of us to live in harmony without having to dominate, subdue and kill nature (which has been the dominant colonialist mindset for far too long–to catastrophic effect). Now if only I could habituate my dog to the nail clippers! 🤔😂

Kate, sometimes we take it for granted when we are able to see the wildlife up close. We are aware of the constant respect for the lions and leopards given by the ranger team.

What a great piece Kate! Really emphasizes the importance of habituation and the balance that must be struck as well!

Every single leopard sighting should be held in reverence, and cherished forever. For if Londolozi had not introduced habituation of leopards into the world of safari, then these elusive gorgeous cats would be hidden and shy.

We have shared your excellent blog with several of our friends who are still in disbelief anout our proximity to the animals

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