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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby katmal » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:49 pm

Thanks for the information cheetah2111. We witnessed 6 members of the Skukuza pack (confirmed by KNP wild dog research unit) directly north of afsaal middle November 2013. We left them still moving south at Renosterpan the same morning and it wasn't long after that when these dogs attacked the Bergendal pack and killed at least 1 dog. What is the dynamics of the Skukuza pack at present? Especially since the alpha male Lightning is now seen on its own along the h4-1? The remainder of the pack seem to hang around the Sand River (H1-2) and Sabi Sands area a lot since 10 dogs are often seen on the private reserves. If they split up the 6 dogs in the south surely forms a new pack as well?

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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby normana53 » Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:21 pm

Cheetah, glad to hear that the Wild Dog population is doing so well. We hope to get another sighting when we visit Kruger next spring. Last time we saw any, it was a small group of 5 on the S118 just east of the H3. It was a very hot day and they had apparently just eaten, as all had bellies that looked as though they would burst at any moment. We watched them for over a half hour, as they just laid sleeping and trying to stay out of the heat. a few cars drove by and none even slowed down to see what we were watching. They were no more than 8m away from the road!

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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:50 pm

Elsa wrote:Saw 4 of the Orpen pack this morning on the Rabelaise loop.


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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:11 pm

Thanks Katmal!

As you have said, lighting, who used to be the alpha male of the Skukuza pack has gone solo! I am in the same boat as you - wanting to find out what is going on in the Skukuza pack!
5 of the Skukuza pack females headed off on their own, and collected one male from the Sabi Sands pack near Leopard Hills and they became the Investec pack. They have since moved North in to the Orpen area and are the small group people are mistaking for 4 of the Orpen pack. The one female bore 5 pups in Feb, but people tend to only see the four hunting adults out and about, mainly on the Rabaleis road.

It is Grant Beverly's (the head wild dog researcher) hope that lighting will hook up with some girls and form a new pack :thumbs_up:

Graham_5000 wrote:Great news - maybe there will be some splinter groups formed so that there are more packs? I'm still yet to see any - in fact I think everyone is making them up! Haha

Indeed! There have already been splits and new groups formed! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:13 pm

Graham you need to give the summer months a shot for wild dogs mate :wink: When are you in Kruger this year? Maybe we can meet up this year?

normana53 wrote:Cheetah, glad to hear that the Wild Dog population is doing so well. We hope to get another sighting when we visit Kruger next spring. Last time we saw any, it was a small group of 5 on the S118 just east of the H3. It was a very hot day and they had apparently just eaten, as all had bellies that looked as though they would burst at any moment

That is the Jock pack :D Named after the Jock Safari Lodge where a camera trap recorded the birth of some of the pups of the pack in Jan :thumbs_up:
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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:49 pm

I just got some more info from Grant Beverley who is heading up research in the field in Kruger for wild dog research:


The Skukuza Pack
Ok the skukuza pack contained 16 individuals in March 2013 when 5 females dispersed meeting up with one male and forming the Investec pack of 6 adults. That left the Skukuza pack with 11 adults. This back then split again in September 2013 where 4 Dogs left. At the time it was assumed alpha male "lightning" and the 6 other Dogs in the Skukuza pack were killed because they were no where to be seen. Until Jan 2014 when the 7 adults including lighting were seen with 4 new pups. These 11 are now the skukuza pack because they contain the same alpha pair. The 4 adults that dispersed in september are yet to be named as a pack because they are a single sex dispersal group
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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:01 am

Graham_5000 wrote:Maybe we'll stumble upon a pack of doggies on the S28?!

Not the most likely road, but we never say never :wink:

Graham_5000 wrote:Have the Wild Dog research team got a website, Twitter handle or Facebook page?

The twitter handle - @KNPWildDogs
The facebook page - Endangered Wildlife Trust

So for the tweeters, please #@KNPWildDogs and include the road and number of dogs to help in effort of sharing information. Grant adds those photos to his gallery (of which he has about 15000) to aid in individual plus pack identification. When there is a wild dog pack shot on facebook I like to tag Grant so that he can confirm the pack, and he can keep updated on their health condition.

Graham_5000 wrote:PS Did Investec sponsor the research in order to have a pack named after them as an advertisement?

Investec sponsored their collars after their habit of running around on the main roads outside of Kruger.I think the name just stuck rather than it being a advertising ploy from Investec.

Graham we will keep in touch around that time and keep updated on the movements of the wild dog packs :thumbs_up:
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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:35 pm

Maybe I should try again.

Leaving for Kruger in 2 weeks.

Is there any news on wild dog denning around Pretoriuskop/Skukuza, or Balule and Orpen?
Missed them by a few minutes on my last visit in December...


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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby PietSkiet » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:14 am

Hi Friedrich,

Not sure how much this will help, but very good friends of mine just returned from Kruger and they found a far pregnant female on the S126 near Muzandzeni picnic spot. Don't think they were part of the big Orpen pack as there were only 4 of them at the time of the sighting.
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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:42 am

Had a wonderful sighting of a nice sized pack of dogs right on the road just above Sunset Dam on May 26th.
When we came back down in the afternoon they were still lying just off the road sleeping. :D
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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby PNF » Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:39 pm

On 8 May we came across a pack of 5 or 6 adults on the H1 between the S144 and the Red Rocks turn-off. This pack has been spotted at Red Rocks itself and further up towards Bateleur Camp.
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Unusual Wild dog sighting

Unread postby K-4S » Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:33 pm

Last week we were up at Balule and after leaving the Olifants high level bridge late In the afternoon after sun downers on our way back to Balule we spotted a lone wild dog in the middle of the road calling for his pack. We waited with him for as long as possible but no other dogs pitched up. We were already late and Titus is less than impressed with latecomers so we had to leave the dog roughly 1KM from the bridge.


Does anyone know if there is a pack round that area or was he possibly just a little lost? :hmz:
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Re: Unusual Wild dog sighting

Unread postby Son godin » Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:20 pm

Hi K-4S,

I've seen pics of wild dog sightings near Orpen, but the one you spotted is quite far away. Another pack roams near Phalaborwa and dogs were also spotted near Tsendze, north of Letaba. Possible that they moved down south a bit, unless its from a pack that moves between Timbavati area and Talamati.

Lots of different packs spotted lately in the park.

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Unread postby arks » Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:15 pm

I believe that Lourens (Olifants sightings thread) reported seeing wild dogs near the bridge several times last spring?
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Re: Unusual Wild dog sighting

Unread postby yoda » Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:40 am

We also had an unusual Wild Dog sighting in December.

On the Lower Sabie/Croc Bridge Road.
There were a lot of cars, the bush was thick, and we turned up after the "action" had started.
But a pack had somehow isolated an elephant calf and were chasing it.
The elephant got away, and we had a fairly decent sighting of the dogs after.

But am assuming this was more opportunistic and the dogs weren't really that intent on actually killing it?


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