Not the five!

Not only the Big Five make for great photo models🙂

During my recent stay at Pakamisa ( I spent some time with what is called general game. I really enjoyed taking these pictures of Giraffes, Wildebeest (Gnu), Warthogs, Nyalas, Impalas, Kudus and Zebras. I hope you will enjoy them as well.

Thanda Safari – Conservation in Action

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Today the Thanda Safari wildlife department recovered two six month old Cheetah cubs whose mother had been recently killed by Lions, which are one of the major threats to Cheetahs in the wild. Veterinarian Dr.Mike Toft darted the two young males. Wrapped in towels to keep them warm, the cubs were transferred into one of Thanda’s predator bomas (an enclosed secure area). Soon after they woke up the two little cats enjoyed their first ‘room service’ (a dead Impala antelope). Thanda Safari wildlife management is currently evaluating how to proceed, as the two youngsters are not old enough yet to fend for themselves.

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More about Cheetah and Lions:
Lions are capable of killing Cheetahs, but Lions rarely eat Cheetahs. When given the chance, Lions will kill adult or cub Cheetahs that are found in their territory. Close to 90 percent of…

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New Arrivals!

I enjoyed that ‘photo shoot’🙂

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It is always a very special moment when new Lion cubs are seen for the first time. After the mother gives birth she keeps the newborns away from her pride and the rest of the world for six to eight weeks. Today was such a special day at Thanda Safari. Three young Lions met safari vehicles for the first time and they were most curious and not shy at all🙂

Enjoy the pictures!

Pictures by Christian Sperka – Resident Wildlife Photographer – Thanda Safari

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What a week!

Last weekend I was very busy in the office and teaching photography at Thanda. On Monday I went to Pongola to get my car serviced and for a short visit to Pakamisa. On Tuesday and Wednesday I ran errands in Durban where a met a very cute puppy dog. Yesterday and today I played again catch-up in the office.

But, I still got a bit of photography done. At Pakamisa I took some pictures of Isabella working with one of her horses and at the Thanda House Waterhole (next to my home) I got some good pictures of Elephants, of Giraffes and of a young Lioness. I also shot some good-bye pictures of our young male Lion, who will leave the reserve soon for a new home. And in between I posted one of my favorite Leopard shots (taken in 2006) on Facebook.

So, here is my week in pictures. Enjoy them and the weekend🙂

PS: As a bonus I added a short Thanda Elephants video – four times the regular speed!

The perfect look!

Many of you probably wondered why I was posting so little over the last few weeks. I was extremely busy at work and I had not much time to prepare posts. On the other hand I have collected a lot of material for future posts🙂

Today I thought I share two of my recent Lion portraits with you. Sometimes it is not the photographer who gets it right, sometimes it is the model! Both of these cats got the perfect look!

Enjoy your weekend.




Gentle Giant Research

One of my most special experiences as a Wildlife Photographer so far!

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This week marks a particularly exciting event at Thanda Safari.

In partnering with the Wild Tomorrow Fund, we were able to immobilise three carefully selected Elephants in order to attach tracking collars. Two dominant Elephant cows and a single large bull will now be collecting valuable data which will enable us to see exactly how the breeding herds and a bachelor group utilise their time and space on the reserve. This will offer insights into habitat use as well as movement patterns over rainfall events and seasonal changes. At the same time, multiple micro weather stations have been installed throughout the reserve and the Elephant movements over the landscapes will be mapped considering the daily changes in climatic conditions.

While we had the opportunity, blood samples were taken as part of a study with the University of Pretoria which will investigate the long-term effects of the PZP immuno-contraception programme which has…

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