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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:57 pm 
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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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Bush Baptist wrote:
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I wonder if those are the same 24 I saw on the S33. They could have wandered up the S36 to the H7.


I don't know how far the dogs range but S33 to H7, about 50 km seems possible. Twenty four dogs seems like a pretty large pack, so how many packs that size can there be? :hmz: We viewed these in early November last year.

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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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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
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Wild dog close up near Skukuza

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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
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Tx for the comments

View more of our sighting on the Paul Kruger road


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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
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Some Great sightings of the Wild Dogs you got there :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Wild Dogs
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Few more of the Skukuza pack


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 Post subject: African Wild dogs -are their numbers on the up?
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Since following the posts on the Forum regularly over the last couple of years, I have noticed that sightings and photos of wild dogs have become more frequent.

Is this due to visitors just reporting their presence more often or are the wild dog numbers on the increase?

We have seen them only once in several visits to the KNP.

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild dogs -are their numbers on the up?
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The last census showed less than 200 dogs - which is historically very low . Their numbers vary generally between 200-450 and are influenced by a number of factors including the numbers of their competitors and amount of rainfall . Generally their numbers have tracked rainfall patterns , and they don't seem to do well in periods of good rainfall . In the 1990's which were generally drier , their numbers ranged from 300-450 .


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 Post subject: Re: African Wild dogs -are their numbers on the up?
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Suggest you do a google search for wild dog census numbers . The Sanparks annual report has overall game census numbers - I recall a link somewhere on this site to that report , but I don't think cheetah and wild dog form part of that census . There have been sporadic counts/estimates of cheetah and wild dog numbers over they years , and Sanparks have run photo competitions to assist in gathering data on these species .

I did a quick google search and have pasted a quote from an article on the iol.co.za site that has some relevance , but if you want to find more , just google search - there are many links .

" The first Kruger Park wild dog photographic census was completed in the 1980s and again in 1995, 2000 and 2005 and wild dog numbers have "fluctuated" between a peak of 434 in 1995 and 120 in 2005. When cheetahs were added to the list in 2005, 103 individuals were identified ..."


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 Post subject: Re: African Wild dogs -are their numbers on the up?
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I have just returned from a trip to Satara and I saw the Orpen pack last Sunday 500 metres from the Muzandzeni Picnic spot. I was told at last count this pack was 16 strong. Well I can tell you it has been swelled by a healthy crop of younsters and we counted at least 25 dogs, both adult and sub adult. Our count was a best estimate but the young sub adults are in excellent condition.
I will post some photos later.

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild dogs -are their numbers on the up?
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Further to my earlier post here is a photo of some of the members of the pack. In this photo there are 11 dogs and there were many more milling about. This was 500 metres from the Muzandzeni Picnic spot and was taken at 17h00 on Sunday 25/11/2012. I was fortunate to see them tree a Leopard and I will show more photos in my trip report.

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild dogs -are their numbers on the up?
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Brilliant picture. Will keep a look out for your trip report.

What an experience to see them scaring a leopard into a tree. Fantastic!

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild dogs -are their numbers on the up?
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Our experience with wild dogs:

Kruger Park - South Africa - 15 september 2012

A rainy morning, around 9 am. We're driving on the 'Circle Road' near Pretoriuskop.

On the road ahead, we see an unexpected animal. It appears to be a domestic dog, complete with collar and leash around his neck.
He probably strayed away from a village close to the border of the Krugerpark and must have gotten lost; he's running around aimlessly.

Suddenly we notice a group of 'Wild Dogs' walking high up between the rocks. They spotted the little domestic dog as well and climb down towards the road.
Fearing the worst for the little dog, we could do nothing but watch the violent confrontation happen in front of our car.
The three Wild Dogs attack and they engage in a wild and unfair fight, chasing the defenseless dog into the high grass.

The little dog gives everything he's got: he bites, growls, barks, bares his teeth...

Just when we're thinking the little animal must be getting devoured in the bushes, something even more unexpected happens:
the three big dogs give up their fight and flee away, tail between their legs.

After his surprising victory we see the domestic dog one last time. Limping slightly on his rear leg, he disappears along the road.


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