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 Post subject: Wild Dogs
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:21 pm 
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Dear Forumites

Let me share one of the pics, I took while @KNP 2008, watch the space there's more coming.

Park Of 8 Wild Dogs :dance:
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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:34 pm 
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Hi guys, here are the two I saw this December on the H1-8

The Male
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Female
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Both chasing an Impala - with no luck!
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I will go and look for the pic of my previous wild dog sighting in 2007.

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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:43 pm 
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what a jaw :shock:
thanks SamoesaWoestyn :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
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Thanks Samoesa - lovely! :thumbs_up:

Herman, beautifully expressed! :thumbs_up: You have captured the very essence of the frustrations and joys associated with these magnificent endangered carnivores. Because they are so difficult to see, and you never know how long you will see them when you do (something like leopards), it is just so extra special when they are seen! I was privileged to see them on my last trip to KNP, after a drought of almost 12 years!! The 20 mins I spent with them were unbelievable and one relaxed on the verge of the road so that I could gasp and wow repeatedly as I took photos and a video. I love their co-operative behavior, their boundless energy, and their nervous communication style. I'll NEVER get tired of seeing wild dog, but it can indeed be so frustrating to find them - there have been several times where I have chased after a sighting, only to find they were gone when I got there. I love your description of them as the phantoms of the wild!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
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Here are the photos of the other one I saw November 2006 near Skukuza

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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:30 pm 
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SamoesaWoestyn wrote:
Great sighting! Lets all post our photos of wild dogs and where we saw them on this page.. Don’t you think it would be nice?


Great idea SamoesaWoestyn. I hope it's all right with Mavusana... we don't want to hijack this thread! :roll: :roll:
Mavusana I saw a pack of 7 wild dogs on the tar road between Afsaal picnic spot and Malelane gate on 11 January 2009. One of the wild dogs had a collar around his neck... I think it was a male. Do you think it's the same pack?

Herewith my photos which I had posted on my TR as well:

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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
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SamoesaWoestyn wrote:
Great sighting Theuns! :clap:


Thanks SamoesaWoestyn, yours are great as well!! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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20/01/09 On the S25 at 06:58, 6 Wild Dogs running down the road.
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On the same road, same day at 17:39, 7 Wild Dogs. One was collard.
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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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:clap: :clap: brilliant pics Wildheart! :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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For interest sake the Sabi Sands has been having amazing Wild Dog viewing of late. Well since about November 2006.

In Mala Mala:
Nov 2006 - 17 including about 8 large pups already running with the pack!
Saw them dispatch an adult Duiker as well as 3 baby impalas in 1 day as well as chase a young male leopard up a tree.
Other rangers saw the pack surround a large male Nyala which at the same time was being stalked by 2 leopards!!!
The nyala kept them at bay, the dogs saw the leopards and chased them up a tree-unbelievable! Seen the footage!

April 2007: same pack now standing at 11 came to look for a decent den site.
Highlight was 2 leopards (female + large male cub) had caught an adult male impala and they stole the live male impala away from the leopards.
Shame I can think of many occasions where these to leopards came off second best, the female even once with a damaged tail!

May 2007: We found the den-strict driving rules, 1 vehicle at a time led to amazing viewing including the 14 pups getting very accustomed to vehicles.
Every afternoon at about 5.20pm the pups would come out and suckle then pack would go crazy with excitement!
And then a hunting party would go out and hunt-this is when the adrenalin starts pumping!!
Interestingly the would make little effort to hunt close to the den and always headed to the Sand River to hunt bushbuck-I am sure in total they killed close on 50 in 2 months there-interesting hunting strategy!
Every animal gets their attention-highlights have been seeing them harass elephants (became dangerous to be in the area) as well as tease rhino-they love this game!
As a pack the always get the better of leopards at MM anyway although a leopard surprising them does startle them an they loose their kill sometimes.
They had some big fights with hyenas too and a stand off with lions.

The den to my knowledge never had lions visit and most predators stayed well away from the area.
Hooded vultures became residents at the den and would get scraps as well as eat their faeces.

July 07: the pack started to relocate to new areas.

September 07: the pack of 25 returns to MM missing 3 pups. A few kills later and they went back to KNP.

July (I think) 08: The pack now of 9 adults returned with 8 pups and used the same den site!

Dec 08: pack stands at 15 (6 surviving pups) with at least one pup recorded to be killed by a lioness which ate it with little interest from the rest of the pride.

In may 08, four break always denned in the western sector and had 10 pups.
They went E in to KNP with 4 surviving pups. Highlight was having a lion steal a live adult male impala from them-shame poor animal!

Thought people might be interested as these are KNP dogs as well.
Anyways after a long absence the dogs have found SS to their liking which has been a pleasure for all those working an visiting there.

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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dog
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My last sighting on 31 January,

AT Kruger gate....you could have been standing at the curio shop and see them!

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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Not the best quality photos but..

if you want to see them eat

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or how about eat and mate?

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:11 pm 
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Hi there every one.

Does anyone know how many wild dogs there are in Kruger? Same say 250 and other 350??? :roll:

I’m going to Kruger for the last 8-9 years and never seen wild dogs, but my luck turned on the cold rain morning on the 18 January, the gate was open for 10minutes. I drove for 10km and on the bridge there they lay 6 beautiful dogs. WOW!!! 1st TIME! :dance:

Then we drove in the Skukuza and afsaal area.

The next morning on my way to Croc-bridge I saw one big, very big elephant feeding on a tree. far in the distance on the gravel road I spotted something moving - I said to myself it have to be a cheetah and the next moment they came running towards me. So forgot about the elephant that was stand a few meters in front of the car next to the road.

And the next moment the 7 wild dogs surrounded the elephant and it was one big show I'll never forget. :cam: The elephant scared them off and they came and lay down next to me car. There was one Alfa male- "a bit old" with a collar on his neck.

That was a dream come true!! :D

Have any one seen wild dogs interact with and cat (lion, leopard or cheetah)??? :hmz:

Going to Kruger in a few days, Yippee :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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I've seen them hunting, and being suddenly so scared that they broke off the hunt, so most likely a lion around.
As for the amount of wild dogs in Kruger, the 2007 estimates in the latest Annual Report says 350.

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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Thanx everyone for the wild dog updates!
Saw two sightings last year April- 7dogs on voortrekker road, heading east of Pretoriuskop, and 12 dogs on Doispane road(s1),same trip. December again close to Afsaal picnic site (6 dogs)-only in the park for that day. Was now at Skukuza-5 days- and saw 12 dogs at Transport dam. Never got any interaction with other predators.
Was very fortunate in my life to witness wild dogs making a kill from start to finish in Moremi/Botswana
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Must admit ...it was a bloody mess!!!
Here are the ones at doispane road
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Transport dam wild dogs
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