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 Post subject: Re: African Wild dogs -are their numbers on the up?
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:57 am 
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The Orpen pack is 30 strong now :thumbs_up:
So it is safe to say that the numbers are up in that pack :D

Not sure of the overall picture of wild dog numbers in Kruger though

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild dogs -are their numbers on the up?
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That is interesting Cheetah. I lost count at 20 so estimated at 25. Thirty wow!!!! That is good news. Did you see them after I spoke to you at Tshokwane?
Just to whet the appetite of WD lovers here is a photo of a Youngster.

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild dogs -are their numbers on the up?
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We came across 18 wild dog on the Orpen road near the dam outside Satara (Nsemani maybe?) this last week. Great sighting and the pack was clearly well fed - one dog did appear to be blind in one eye (very milky) though but seemed to be coping fine!
Also, there were numerous sightings of the Skukuza pack and one individual managed to see the pack make 4 (FOUR!!!) kills in one morning!!!


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 Post subject: Re: African Wild dogs -are their numbers on the up?
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:54 pm 
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I know there were lots of reports about wild dogs breeding at PKop in September, but we only saw 1 single pup running with 3 adults about 1 km from the camp at the end of Sept. Don't know what happened to the rest of the pups... Also reports of pups being killed by lions near Skukuza a few months ago...
The last few years I have been impressed by the numbers of wild dogs we have seen around PKop, Skukuza and Afsaal -- more than ever before! Maybe I am getting wiser, but they seem to use these roads an awful lot!
Keep checking their momevements on www.wlsightings.blogspot.com

Thanks for the interesting statistics and reports!
Happy Xmas and God bless,

Friedrich von Horsten
ps. I was booked in Kruger for Dec. but had to cancel at the last minute -- quite miserable sitting in the Cape with a howling Southeaster when I could have been in the bush with a wild dog or two.

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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On the H3 just before the S118, 28/3/13 at 6;38.

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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Excellent advice, Friedrich. :clap: :clap: :clap:

We actually saw the pups and pack circling the Napi Road in November; was an amazing sighting as we had the privilege of following them all alone for three kilometres along the tar and then down the dirt road. Strangely, just as the lead dogs and trailing pups disappeared through the long grass near the koppie, three cars came into view around the rocks. Of course they did not believe that they had missed them by literally seconds. Makes me wonder how many times we've missed these elusive animals by the smallest of margins.

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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Friedrich von Hörsten wrote:
Hi OWN,

What a special experience that must have been!
Glad to hear you saw PUPS, which implies more than one??!

We spent 2 nights at Pretoriuskop in September, and were told the dogs had left the previous week and were no longer around... on the last evening 10 minutes before gate closing time, we turned off the H1-1 to Pretoriuskop, but via die DIRT road, and yes, 3 adults and 1 pup came trotting down the road and disappeared into the grass. We made a u-turn back to the tar road and waited. A car came by and we stopped them. "Wait for wild dogs" we said. They smiled and drove on. Ten seconds later the dogs were in the tar road. They slammed om brakes and came back, grinning sheepishly!
But only 1 pup.
Glad you saw the others too!

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:clap: :clap: :clap: How lovely, Friedrich. I've done that dirt road probably two or three dozen times and have never seen anything of great consequence on it, perhaps as the grass there is particularly high. I've noticed too how flippant people can be these days, probably because so many are impatient. Do you know how old the pup was?

As for our sighting, we were cruising the tar road towards Skukuza and had just passed the first Napi turnoff when I noticed shapes spread out on the slight rise about 400m distant. Even before I had trained the binocs on them, I knew it was wild dogs. Then I had to control my excitement as I moved steadily towards them, trying not to scare them off by being too frenetic. However, they were in easy trot mode and, as we closed on them, my spine almost shot through my head as the excitement levels climbed just as quickly: "PUPS," I yelled, as silently as possible. They were probably around five to six months old and there were five of them trailing the lead dogs. An adult stayed with them at the back and it was delightful to see the interplay between them. Every so often the lead dogs would stop and gaze off into the bush, fully alert, before continuing on their loping trot. I couldn't believe that there were no other cars and then we were doubly excited as they turned onto the second Napi road as we could still continue following them. As wild dogs often do, they split into two fronts and fanned out, always keeping their steady trot. Just before the great boulders the lead dogs veered off through the thick grass and sped up, causing a troop of baboons on top of the rocks to squeal and scramble higher. We never did see what prey they had spotted, but we didn't mind as the sighting itself had been so special: it's not often that one can get to follow these amazing predators so freely and without the hindrances of other cars. It will forever remain one of the greatest sightings that Kruger has dished up for us.

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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Found a pack of 12-15 dogs on the H1-2 somewhere between the H12 turn-off and the N'watindlopfu river on 02 July 2013. Not easy to photograph or count even as they were quite busy and on the move. Managed to get only a few shots.

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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Great sighting, Johann. :clap: :clap: What time did you see them?

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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Thanks OWN. It was at 08h30.

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Dog
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Hi Dog Lady,

Perhaps you should contact the following person for advice?:

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Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Sightings Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:24 pm

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Hi there. I stayed at BnD from 10/06/13 to 15/06/13 and had good sightings of the big 5.On my last day wich was Friday 14/06 i decided to look for Wild Dogs in the PKOP area.What a wise decision Almost in front of the gate to the camp a DEN next to the road under a big green bush.I counted 8 adults resting next to the road with more moving under the bush and puppy yelps coming from the tall grass under the bush What a sighting Took lots of them.

Wish I were going to Pretoriuskop! Unfortunately I will be in Hwange next week, instead...!

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What lovely doggies Gunner. :thumbs_up:

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I have checked my records and my first wild dog sighting was near Pkop circa 1980. It was a brief but unmistakeable sighting of a single dog down one of the dirt roads. By the time I turned around and got there it was gone.

I have been fortunate to have had another 16 wild dog sightings in Kruger since then, including 2 kills.
4 sightings have been a single dog, while the largest pack was 24.

I have seen the same pack on 3 consecutive days (I count each day from scratch) twice.

Most of the sightings have been on the Croc Bridge - LS tar road (5) incuding a kill, and 4 (but long ago) in the Pkop area, with 2 on the H7 and 2 at the Transport Dam (kill) or on the road down there.

My last sighting was the 24 on the S33 in Nov 2009, my sixth consecutive trip of doggie sightings.

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