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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby Aat » Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:05 pm

Great pics o-dog :thumbs_up:

I just got good news from Tembe EP... they had about 13 wilddogs in the boma and they got approval to release them now. Half january they will be released in the wild in Tembe.
The group has some kruger and some hluwe wilddogs where the kruger wilddogs will be the leading ones.
Within the pack there are 6 younsters

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby SamoesaWoestyn » Fri Dec 31, 2010 11:30 am

On our recent trip (29 December 2010) to KNP we came across this pack of 7 Wild dogs on the H3 less than 5km from Skukuza. They were running towards Skukuza and at the 4-way stop in front of the camp they ran into a small group of Zebras. They immediately surrounded the zebras and tried their luck but the zebras stood together and chased the dogs away. The dogs tried a few times but when they saw they are not going to win this battle, they ran off into the distance…

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby G@mespotter » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:55 pm

During my trip from 17 December 2010 - 1 January 2011 we were privileged enough to see wilddog on 4 occasions! That, after a 6 year 'draught' where I tried every single road in the good areas. All sightings were early morning before 08h00. Our first pack was on the H7 on 24 December, hwere we drove with them for nearly 1,3 km. Second pack were 5 dogs along the s25 on 27 December, probably the same as Mfezi saw.

The other two times were close to Afsaal along the H3 and the Voortrekker road. We had STUNNING views of the dogs, and at one stage they 'parked' in the shade on the waiting vehicles :D At one stage, they devoured an impala, but the grass was just too high to have a good view and take pictures. The Afsaal area stays my favorite for animal sightings, it's just been unbelievable.

The last sighting of wilddog also improved a personal record of seeing the Big5 + wilddogs in 3,5 hours.... Not that I'm a Big5 'hunter' but it's still great to see.

They always were, and always will be my favorite animals.

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Just 'a few' shots, which cannot describe or depict how awesome it is to see these lovely active creatures :thumbs_up:
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby adw » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:12 pm

Great sightings G@mespotter and great pics as well. :clap: :clap:
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A second Chance for the African Wild Dog

Unread postby KendraClaire » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:46 pm

A pack of 14 Endangered African Wild Dogs was reintroduced into the Tembe Elephant Park today, following extensive community liaison and preparation work over the past year.

It was an emotional occasion, as many people present have been involved in this project from the very beginning and are deeply aware of the extreme importance of this release. “The release of this Wild Dog pack into the Tembe Elephant Park is vital to the survival of South Africa’s managed Wild Dog metapopulation,” says the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Kelly Marnewick. “It’s incredible to finally see them stepping into the wild and we are all holding thumbs that they will do well.”

The formal Wild Dog metapopulation programme was initiated in 1998 to expand the species’ range throughout South Africa. Tembe will be the 12th reserve to receive Wild Dogs as part of the programme.

The Wild Dog Metapopulation Programme is coordinated by the Wild Dog Advisory Group (WAG). The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) has held the WAG chair since its inception and has implemented many projects under the WAG umbrella, including projects in the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve and Marekele National Park (both in Limpopo Province), and the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana. Much of the support for these activities in KZN has come from Land Rover South Africa and the Green Trust, while Wildlife Act, the Wildlands Conservation Trust, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW), Tembe Tribal Authority, Dr M. Toft and Tembe Elephant Park Lodge have been key partners.

Wild Dogs Lycaon pictus are South Africa’s rarest carnivore and were extirpated from KZN in the 1930s. There are less than 400 Wild Dogs remaining in South Africa, of which approximately 130 are in the Kruger National Park and 160 in northern KZN (approximately 110 of which are in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park).

Reintroduction initiatives for Wild Dogs into KZN began in 1980 and there are currently four reserves in KZN with resident Wild Dogs, namely Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Thanda Private Game Reserve and Hlambanyathi Game Reserve. In 2006 the EWT started a project to expand the range for Wild Dogs in KZN, in partnership with EKZNW and the Smithsonian Institution. EKZNW has been instrumental in expanding Wild Dog range in the province under this project.

In December 2009 four male Wild Dogs from the then De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust were relocated to Tembe Elephant Park and accommodated in a boma, with the intention of later reintroducing them into the reserve. In February 2010 three females from Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park joined them. The pack produced seven pups while communities in the area were prepared for their release.

The potential for conflict between reintroduced Wild Dogs and neighbouring landowners is high. Wild Dogs may attack livestock, while they are also often confused with domestic dogs, which can do a great deal of livestock damage. As such, WildlifeACT, with support from the Endangered Wildlife Trust and Wildlands Conservation Trust, began to actively engage community stakeholders regarding the project in March 2010. This was the first time that a KwaZulu-Natal tribal authority had been actively engaged in the decision making and preparation process for the reintroduction of Wild Dogs and the result was that the Tembe Tribal Authority, the Tembe Local Board and the local municipality gave their support for the initiative.

African Wild Dogs once occurred throughout sub-Saharan Africa but now occupy only a fraction of that range. Habitat fragmentation and isolation, exacerbated by human persecution, are the main factors contributing to this decline. There are currently about 5 500–6 000 Wild Dogs left in the wild globally and the species is listed as Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Only a handful of countries contain viable Wild Dog populations, with the largest populations occurring in northern Botswana, Tanzania and northern Mozambique.

Wild Dogs are particularly challenging to conserve because they range widely and occur at low densities. As such even the largest protected areas are able to support only small populations. The conservation and management of small, fragmented populations has therefore become an unavoidable necessity.

Wildlife Act will be monitoring the Tembe pack, while the EWT will remain involved in its role as coordinator of the KZN Wild Dog Management Group. The group aims to promote the national Wild Dog Range Management Project and establish safe corridors between reserves for natural dispersals of the species.

Pictures are available on request. Also visit the EWT’s Facebook group for video footage, pictures and more on the story - www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=92994179642

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby TreeQueen » Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:01 am

Wow what can I say about the wild dog??? It is one of the most amazing animals in Kruger which I have only seen less than 5 times ever!

Last year Dec 2010 I had the privilege of seeing two large wild dog packs: one pack of about 16 in the Berg-en-Dal area (on the main road between Berg-en-Dal and Afsaal) and the other pack of about 12 in the Orpen area (the main road between Orpen and Satara).

Here are some snapshots of them...

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby wildheart » Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:16 pm

FlorisCathy wrote: Does anyone know if they've got a manager to arrange a meat and great?


You are in luck, I spoke to them and apparently this one is the manager. :tongue:
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He was a very nice fellow and we were honoured to be in their company for a long time. He said that if you want to see them, then you must make sure to be on the road as the gate opens and just before closing time. The S25 and H3 are their favourite roads. I can vouch for that cause we see them almost every time that we are there. :thumbs_up:

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby Wild about cats » Sat Apr 16, 2011 2:56 pm

Sighted along the H7

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby Richprins » Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:21 pm

africawildlife.nl wrote:Does anyone know how many wild dogs have Kruger NP as their home?
I think the number of wild dogs is ascending in the last years, but I'm not sure about that...
Can anyone confirm or tell me more?


Hey, awnl!

They are difficult to count and travel large distances. The "competitions" where tourists provide pictures and locations have provided by far the most accurate estimates so far, with one in the 90's suggesting very near 400 in Kruger and adjacent reserves.

However, haven't heard the latest.

I don't know that the number is increasing at all! In fact, they used to be more common in the North than they are now (Phalaborwa holding the record troop size) and Far North (Punda Maria).

They pop up anywhere, though! :thumbs_up:

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:59 am

400 in Kruger :shock:
Thats brilliant! Not too long ago the wild dog estimate was close to the cheetah estimate in KNP.
I remember something to the effect of 120 :hmz:
Anybody have stats on the wild dog estimates over the last 3 years?

At any rate it seems wild dog sightings have become far more frequent in KNP in recent years :thumbs_up:
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby Sjambokpod » Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:10 am

Kruger Wild Dog numbers for the last 10 years or so have been hovering at the 350 mark and it is still there after the last Dog specific aerial survey. There is a high mortality rate of the young and as you rightly said they have big territories. The more frequent sightings can basically be attributed I suppose to a vastly increased number of visitors.

The number of 350 includes dogs from Greater Kruger..Sabi Sands, Timbavati and Klaserie and Letaba Ranch areas

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby Wild about cats » Mon May 02, 2011 8:52 am

Our fourth wild dog sighting in January 8) Counted at least 21 dogs!!

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They had a drink - slash - swim :lol:

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby africawildlife.nl » Mon May 16, 2011 12:11 pm

Wild about cats wrote:Our fourth wild dog sighting in January 8) Counted at least 21 dogs!!


Wow! Amazing sighting. Maybe it was the same pack as we saw in Sabi Sands? There were also 21 dogs in this movie... Taken in september 2010.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby KendraClaire » Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:58 pm

This is me coming late to the party... :( again :redface: !
BUT I brought a present... The Endangered Wildlife Trust has some guys out in KNP with their Carnivore Conservation Project, the most recent estimate was 144 dogs. Winter is approaching rapidly and we're hoping for some pups! Anything to get the numbers up, although it would be WONDERFUL to have 400 dogs in Kruger alone that is the estimate for the whole of South Africa...

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread postby dodger » Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:49 pm

I cant remember where I took this but it was one of my best sightings, a large pack were on/near the road. Some retard ruind it by making them all move into the bush, obviously in a hurry and the dogs were in his way!! :evil: :sniper:
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