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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:30 pm 
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Hi Swob, thanks for the input, to all Forum members I have been staying 45 mins from Punda gate for the past 15 years and have visited the Park every second weekend and have never had Wild Dog sightings between Punda and Shingwedzi since thats the only area of the park which I visit. I havent been to Pafuri lots and dont only visited the south of Kanniedood dam a few times as well. Over the past I have seen lots and lots of LIONS, I have also seen Leopard a few times and saw Cheetah a couple of times but never seen Wild Dogs, and just as a curious questions the wildebeest also decreased drastically because from seeing herds and herds of wildebeest to hardly seeing any now a days. There might be one wildebeest in a herd of Zebra but I dont really know if that could be a reason but could be a factor to take in concern.

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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Kallis, interesting in what you have seen with the Wildebeest population. I also read that in the recent study on Botswana's wildlife numbers through an aerial survey, the Wildebeest population had virtually collapsed, especially in the Moremi Game Reserve. (Was published in Africa Georgaphic August 2011 I think...). I wonder if anyone has any more insight into this. Slightly worrying.


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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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S114, January 29 and 30 2012. At that time, because of the flood, the H1-1 was closed after the junction with the S114. All the traffic to Berg & Dal and Pretoriuskop had to make a detour over the S114 so there was much more traffic than usual. The dogs didn't seem to mind. They were sleeping and playing on the road.

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This dog is yawning. It was a cloudy morning but for a moment there was a bit of beautiful early sun light.

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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The Phalaborwa pack has finally been spotted again!
On the H14. The diagonal road from Phala to Mopani :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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Floating wild dog!!!

I must admit to being very lucky with the doggies ... I've seen them early morning, midday, late afternoon ... Chase the sightings board and you may get lucky!


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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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I've got a few pics from my last trip in the Kruger :wink: BUT if you guys want to see the super juicy excellent ones then you guys would need to check my next TR... 'Binocs and Broomsticks' (will start when me and Cheetah are finished with our joint TR) :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
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Hi Everybody,

Finally, here are my pictures of the Wild Dog we saw.

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Enjoy!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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Hi everyone,

i thought what better way to introduce myself than to tell you all about my recent visit to the kruger and my time with the Wild Dogs.

As i am from sydney/australia i do not get a chance to visit the Kruger all that often. well actually,very rairly. but i have had the chance to make 3 trips to the Kruger in the past three years. each time, hoping beyond hope that i would see Wild Dogs.
and would you beleive it , each time there have been sightings right up until a couple of days before i arrive...and then ....nothing. it was my reason to keep coming back.

well, this time i had 14 whole days in the Kruger park and i wasn't leaving until i saw my Wild Dogs. i had 10 days on a self drive , and 4 days with a company that i had used in the past (wild wings safaris)

for the first couple of days , i was always at the wrong end of the park at the wrong time,so whenever there was a sighting of the dogs i was always too far away.

on the fourth day , i joined (wild wings safaris) for a 4 day safari. three days past with no sightings of the wild dogs, not that the guide (Simon) did not try.everyone on the safari knew my passion for wild dogs and how much i wanted to see them.
on the last day with 4hrs to go i just tried to put it to the back of my mind ,so i wouldn't be dissapointed. then , simon receives a message to say there has been a sighting of wild dogs , it would be a long shot as they were 40km away , and we could possibly miss them , but everybody on board said to go for it and at least try.

so , filled with excitement , off we went in search of my wild dogs. the drive seemed to take forever. i was actually praying that they would still be there once we arived. i kept asking, how far now, are we there yet? finally we had reached the area where they were last seen,up ahead there were a few cars stopped at the side of the road,and my heart suddenly gained pace and started beating furiously,my eyes were like saucers looking for that first glimpse.

and then,there they were , a pack of 17 ,lying right next to the road. you can not imagine the overwhelming feeling of joy to be able to live your dream,it's just indescribeable.

we were able to be within meters of these beautiful creatures and to be looked in the eyes, by a wild dog is magical.
i was so happy, the dogs then decided they would start playing beside our vehicle. what a sight that was,and the sounds they make are wonderful. they were all jumping over each other and biting and pulling tails ,this went on for at least half an hour before we had to leave the park.
what a fantastic way to end the sfari and what a spectacular first sighting of wild dogs.

i will tell you about my second wild dog encounter some other time.
thanks for reading
cheers from downunder
The Dog Lady (jeanie) i will attempt to upload some pics.hope they work.

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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Good evening,
For those who do not page through or read TR's under Travel Tales, I posted this earlier this evening in my TR :D

Dan and Catmatix asked me to post these photos of the glass-eating Wild Dogs we saw on the H1-1 near Skukuza during the cricket-weekend 10 March 2012.

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Dog behind the others playing with the bottle
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Luckily for the dogs, Dan and Catmatix managed to pick up the offending and dangerous piece of glass.


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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
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Wild Dogs on H7 near S36 junction

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Twenty four pooches in the pack

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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
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You were so lucky...great moments capture

Few of our sightings on the S65

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Low water bridge Skukuza

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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
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:D Thanks for all the lovely wild dog sightings! Am sick in bed, but still enjoying the bush!

For anybody who has not seen a wild dog, my advice:
1. Go South
2. Go in Summer (unless you know where they are denning in winter!)
3. Check www.wlsightings.blogspot.com--it seems as if the sightings have been far less this winter than last summer...
4. After checking no. 3 for latest movements of dogs, concentrate on the following area:
SKUKUZA! I never sleep there, but the wild dogs are often on the H4-1, H1-1, S114, Kruger Gate
Pretoriuskop! H1-1, Voortrekker road, S7, Phabeni road S1
Bergendal! Commonly seen on H3, Matjulu, Gardenia, S25, Afsaal.

Habits: Often lie sleeping in road early when its cool; hunt later if opportunity arises; rest up inheat till late pm; lick each other into a frenzy and go hunting again at dusk...

So if you hear of a wild dog sighting between 9 and 4 pm, just go before sunset, and most likely you will have lots of action, dogs chewing your spare wheel cover, rubbing against your car's rear bumper etc...

See you at Pretoriuskop in December!

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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
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Agree with Fredrich the South is the best spot to find them

We were so lucky one December to find them bathing and playing on the low water bridge near Skukuza - (with a traffic jam after 5 minutes :( )

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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
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I have heard of the Orpen pack as far South as Nhlanguleni :D
The S33 is not far further It could be them?

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 Post subject: TV Documentary about Wild Dogs
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a few of my own observations:

- I don't think you could say "everything is in balance in Kruger": they have a huge poaching problem and an even bigger problem with way too many elephants in the park

- before watching this report my information was that during the last "big" census in 2009 172 dogs were counted; now they talk of 130 in 2012...another huge decline

- when I booked accomodation for our last trip (see http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=66697) I made sure to spend some nights in Pretoriuskop, specifically to try and find the dogs they are talking about; unfortunately we never found them (they had already left the den) but we did see the Skukuza pack twice (video footage to come); in fact, while we were there, it was seen on a regular basis

- at ca. 4:35 they talk about the guy getting a tweet - that was in fact a message from KrugerSightings (you can see their logo in the lop left corner of his cell phone)


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