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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby p@m » Sat Sep 04, 2010 2:40 pm

El-Bok -- was looking for a post which discussed this some time ago, but cannot find it.

Wild dog are on the list as a once-off migrant (I think) -- which means they were once spotted "passing thru".

No known populations as far as I'm aware.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby o-dog » Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:27 pm

david wrote:different take on a wild dog. seen on night drive at Shingwedzi....
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Hey David, nice take on a WD! :cam:

Where is this exactly in the Shingwedzi area and how many wild dogs were there??
I saw a pack of 9 wild dogs at the Red Rocks weir once but that was at least 10-15 years ago. Wild Dogs aren't commonly seen in the North these days. And during the recent census, sightings in the North were few and far between and there is little info available on Wild Dogs numbers in the Mozambique side of the Transfronteir Park.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby africawildlife.nl » Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:05 am

A couple of weeks ago we stayed a couple of days in Sabi Sands GR, before going to Skukuza. We were so lucky to bump into this pack of wild dogs! It was amazing. I couldn't take it away from you guys. Hopefully you like it.
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby flying cheetah » Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:52 am

Phantastic sighting and video :clap: :clap: :mrgreen:
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby o-dog » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:07 am

I know this is a SANParks forum but just spent 2 weeks in Zim and really good news is that Wild Dogs seem to be thriving in certain areas :D

In the North (Zambezi Valley), saw a pack of 25 and another pack of 10. We also missed a different pack of 11 and was told that there is a pack of 30 odd nearby...this is all in a relatively small area. I also know the dogs are doing well towards Vic Falls and apparently are regularly seen in many of the hunting conservancies in the Valley area..

Apparently they are also doing OK in the Conservancy areas in the South of Zim and some of the packs are moving across to Ghonarezou (spelling?) which obviously forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This is excellent news for Kruger's Wild Dog population as it obviously means that it is not a closed population and that new genes can come in :P
Some dogs were also recently sighted about 50km N of Beit Bridge moving east off the main road area. Unfortunately they cause havoc in some of the tribal land areas but great to know they are still around these areas.

To me this is fantastic news as Zim's animals have been largely persecuted but are still thriving in some areas. From gathering information from various authorities and private land owners it seems as though Zims WD popualtion is at a minimum of 300 animals and possibly as high as 500 or more which shows that this country is a stronghold for this species and that perhaps although still very much endangered, a proper census need to be done of WD in Africa to establish numbers as I have heard some reliable sources saying that as few as 1000-1500 dogs exist in the wild.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby Wildafri » Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:34 am

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One of the reasons why this is one of Africa's most endangered species is because Wild Dogs were blamed for an antelope decline and they were shot on site :sniper: . Luckily on this day we spotted the illusive Wild Dog. This one was part of a pack of three, one of them had a huge gash on the top of its head.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby hyena_spot » Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:24 am

We've seen a pack of Wild Dogs including pups (around 20-22 dogs in total) just a couple of hundret meters outside of Talamati gate back in September. It was about half an hour before the gate closed and they were running towards us on the street. The pups were very playful and curious, stopped and looked around, then chased some birds. Then all of a sudden 3 or maybe 4 adult ones started chasing Impalas out of the bush and they ran away from us, only to return a couple of minutes later with a bloody face. They killed an Impala right next to the road and if we weren't lucky enough to see and watch these dogs for minutes and minutes, we actually saw them finishing off a kill a couple of meters away from us...
I truly still have no words for what we experienced. It took my breath away...we were taking pictures like crazy.

Here are two. I'll post more once I have them ready...

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby Impisi08 » Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:28 am

In the current issue of Africa Geographic (november 2010) there is an interesting story about a female wild dog in Moremi (around Mombo Camp) in Botswana. Her mates were possibly killed by lions. After some months she gave up looking for her mates and started associating with spotted hyena's (greeting and touching muzzles) and black-backed jackals. She regurgitates meat for the jackal pups and when she sets off on a hunt, usually the jackals follow her and after a kill they feed together.

You can find more information and pictures about this wild dog (and many more interesting stories) if you go to Grant Atkinsons blog on the Africa Geographic website. At the moment the wild dog story is on page 3 of his blog.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:13 pm

Picture taken during May 2010 between Crocodile Bridge & Berg-een-Dal. One of sixteen dogs next to the road!

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby o-dog » Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:11 am

HI Kallis1786

Skukuza is teaming with wild dogs at the moment. They are being seen on every main road nearby. There are 4 packs, possibly 5 that have been operating within 15 km of the Main Camp as a crow flies.
I saw 2 packs the day before yesterday. At least 5 adults feeding on a baby impala on the tar road just west of Transport Dam.
Then we saw 7 adults and 1 about 6 month old pup just South of Skukuza. They were at the main 4-way stop and went south and caught some baby impalas on the road to Renosterkoppies. I will post some pics.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby o-dog » Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:43 am

The following pics are of the pack that was hanging around just south of Skukuza. every other day they went South down to Granokop then back east then north towards the Skukuza 4-way stop. This route they followed for the 4 days we were there, harvesting the area of the baby impala. We had just missed them several times so on the last morning in the park we decided to focus on finding them and work the area properly.

After someone had reported them in the area again that morning we drove around off the H1-1 anticipating that they might pop out on the S114. We were about to give up and turn around when we said "Ok we will just check around the next corner"...for once it worked that the last corner we check around, produced something...all 8 dogs were just off the side of the road ripping up the poor babies they had just caught.
It was hard to tell but at least 2 but maybe 3 or 4 were caught and even while we were there one dog sprinted off and came back with another baby impala.

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..and then playing after the hunt...

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Got many more pics including of the other pack that also was eating impalas in much the same style earlier that morning.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby o-dog » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:57 am

anne-marie wrote:oups :(
a little bit hard to watch... I suppose ...
nice pictures :clap:


Hi Anne Marie!

Sorry...are a little gruesome, should have mentioned that :redface: ...poor babies, we had just been admiring some nearby minutes before but when they get killed I just sort of separate myself from whats going on...wish all baby impalas could survive, we would love them in our garden!
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby Rookie2009 » Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:56 am

Found the doggies 3 times in our october holiday - these are the pics of 5 dogs between satara and orpen;

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Unfortunately we had to drive as they began to hunt a bushbock, but it was amazing to have them in such a short distance :dance:
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Re: Wild dog clips from the Kruger

Unread postby Mama fariu » Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:13 am

Hi everyone this was taken between on the road between Pretoriuskop and Skukuza. Enjoy

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Re: Wild dog clips from the Kruger

Unread postby Nungu » Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:04 pm

Well Done Mama Fairu - you managed to capture the forum's favorite wild dog in KNP.... Kamea :dance:

Named by Flutterby and Samoesawoestyn, you can read more about her here:

She is in all 3 videos - in both the first and second video she's the only one in the shot at 47 seconds and in the last video she's the one coming towards the others from the bottom of the screen and then leaves the other 3 again towards the left of the screen.

She can be recognised by the white "K" on her front left leg.

When was this taken Mama Fairu? :thumbs_up:
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