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Robert Ball

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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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Fantastic pictures and videos, Robbie!
The roaring of the lions is a sound one will never forget. The lion cubs and the dog pups are just soo cute and entertaining.
As you said, it is really wonderful that there’re still places like Londolozi that give wild animals a chance to survive and that give the guests a chance to admire nature at its best and most fascinating.

Robbie, Thanks for sharing your special memories! We are sure there are many more!

It’s hard to believe that after the huge influx of cubs sired by the Birmingham males in 2018 1n2 2019 that there are only 5 adult lionesses left of this pride (plus the one breakaway female). I do recall a post a while ago that mentioned some of the older lionesses died or disappeared, but don’t remember the specific details. Was there another breakaway group of female cubs that I’ve forgotten about? I wish there was a way to tag individuals so they were easier to keep track of, but understand this would be unnecessary interference (and probably a dangerous task).

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What amazing sights! Thank you for sharing these.

How I agree with you – would you trust anyone who showed no humility in those circumstances?
When I was at Founders recently, I was fortunate enough to see a different pack of wild dogs of around 15, including adolescent pups. Nowhere near as large as the Othawa pack, but still quite some spectacle. I also saw the Ntsevu pride on 3 occasioins, which was wonderful. Your image of the cub is absolutely brilliant and has gone straight into my favourites. You really do have a knack for getting some knockout shots!

Fantastic photos Robert! Sad to hear the pack is down to 8 pups now 🙁 What about the adults…they were down to 5 last I remember? Humility is definitely a great word to describe the feeling on safari. I wish everyone could experience, I think it would change the world! I hope to come back someday soon!

Robbie you are so privileged to have the first hand experience of seeing these incredible animals from baby to fully grown. The leopards are also my favorites seeing them from baby cubs to the magnificent size they are know. Look at the Ntomi male, stunning specimen and he is my favorite young male leopard.

Anytime you have the opportunity to view multiples of cubs or pups is memorable and this year has provided you and your guests with amazing sightings. It’s no wonder you’ve selected the Othawa pack of wild dogs in addition to the Ntsevu pride as two of your favorites. I was ecstatic to view two of the very young cubs probably born in March during my April visit as well as the larger pack of approximately 20 wild dogs – but to be honest, every sighting was amazing and the best!

Robert, thank you for sharing the pictures. Love the young wild dogs and the lion cubs. It will be interesting to see how they progress in the future.

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These photos should come with a cuteness overload warning

Terrific Robbie! What incredible sightings/memories!

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