Being a guide is a bit like being a parent, strictly speaking you aren’t supposed to have favourites. Saying that one of the most frequent questions guides and trackers are asked is “what is your favourite animal?” and that is not an easy question to answer! For me, my answer will be heavily affected by whatever animal I am looking at, at the time. Every animal species is special in its own unique way and when you begin to appreciate how seamlessly each species fits in with each other in the great balancing act that nature pulls off you appreciate that each species is a strong contender for the title of Favourite!
One of the most wonderful parts of my job is being able to watch animals as they grow and develop. I have been with Garonga for just over 2 years now and over that time I have watched the Garonga pride: add four brand new members to its ranks; seen the younger pride members develop and hone their hunting skills; journeyed with the youngest female as she fell pregnant, gave birth to her first litter of cubs and raised them through their critical first year; but most importantly I have watched as the cubs developed personalities of their own. I have watched as the pride has grown and built their strength to arrive at the point today when they are the strongest they have been for many years, and I want to share some highlights from that journey with you.