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Kamea - Our favourite Wild Dog

Unread postby SamoesaWoestyn » Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:13 pm

Kamea

After many sightings were posted of a very popular female Wild Dog in KNP, the SANPARK forum members decided to give her a name.
Everyone had a chance to vote for a name and at the end the most votes went to Kamea. It is of Hawaiian origin, and its meaning is "the one (and only)".

How to identify her
She has got a unique "K" mark on her left front leg and from the right side she can be identified by the white stripe on her neck.

Where in Kruger
She roams in the area of Mathekenyane (Granokop) area near Skukuza. Some recorded sightings of her go as far as Kruger Gate, the S1, S112 and the surroundings of Granokop.

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(Photo by Morne Hamlyn near Hamiltons Koppie on S112 - posted Jan 2009)


Interesting facts about her
In 2007 she was spotted in a pack on the S1
In July 2009 she was seen at Granokop with 3 pups. (Not in a pack anymore)
October 2009 she and her 3 "pups" were spotted in the same area and the youngsters were much bigger then.

Let’s use this thread to keep track of our beautiful dog and make it a new challenge to find her when you visit the Kruger again.

Please post all sightings of her as well as photos.

Let’s make her famous and enjoy her presence!
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Re: Kamea - Our favourite Wild Dog

Unread postby Gunner » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:07 am

I have never spotted a Wild Dog in Kruger, but hopefully Kamea will be the one to get me off the mark when i go in December :dance:

Great job SamoesaWoestyn :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kamea - Our favourite Wild Dog

Unread postby Micetta » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:52 am

She is beautiful! She is less "spot painted" than most wild dogs; her back is almost plain coloured. I would like to meet her 8)

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Re: Kamea - Our favourite Wild Dog

Unread postby Flutterby » Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:04 am

We saw Kamea in Oct. 2009 near Granokop with her 3 'pups', and they were all in beautiful condition.

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Kamea & the Kids
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There are more pics of Kamea on my TR and on the Wild Dog thread.

We'll be back in Kruger in March 2010 and I can't wait to go and look for her again! :dance:
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Re: Kamea - Our favourite Wild Dog

Unread postby o-dog » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:30 pm

Great that forumites are keeping tabs on this special individual! :thumbs_up:

BUT at the same time its quite a joke to choose a Hawaiian name for it in a country that apparently has 11 official languages and a number of others :twisted:
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Re: Kamea - Our favourite Wild Dog

Unread postby Flutterby » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:59 pm

Well, I did suggest a Xhosa name, but no-one liked it. :tongue:
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Re: Kamea - Our favourite Wild Dog

Unread postby SamoesaWoestyn » Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:00 pm

We saw her in July 2009 at Granokop view-point with her 3 newly born pups.

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EricExSA posted this photo of her and her pack - January 2007 on th S1

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Guinea Pig came across her on 2 0ct 2009

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Re: Kamea - Our favourite Wild Dog

Unread postby Nungu » Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:52 am

At last the thread is up.... great job Flutterby and Samoesawoestyn.... well done

I voted for Kamea even though it's not from SA origin - no problem with that - but I don't think we should make this thread about the name - the votes were cast - period. Let's make it about posting many many MANY pics of this beautiful creature .... :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kamea - Our favourite Wild Dog

Unread postby KNP-Junkee » Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:32 pm

Wonderful thread - I have not seen the doggies in Kruger in visiting the Park for more than 8 years, but will look out for "Special K" in coming trips.

Great idea and chellenge for all forumites to find her and post some pics, we should do this on more species like the "King of the Jungle" as Lourens called him...

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Re: Kamea - Our favourite Wild Dog

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:35 am

OH WOW :dance: :dance: :dance:

could this be them????

These were taken by Mads at de la Port water hole, close to Canon Kop. They were taken just before the cricket in March.

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I hope that Mads won't mind me transferring her lovely pictures.
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Re: Kamea - Our favourite Wild Dog

Unread postby Flutterby » Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:27 pm

YES!!! That's them!!! :dance:

In the last 2 pictures you can see the white stripe on Kamea's neck. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kamea - Our favourite Wild Dog

Unread postby Flutterby » Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:14 pm

If these were taken in March then she was probably still with the pack before the pups were born.
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Re: Kamea - Our favourite Wild Dog

Unread postby SamoesaWoestyn » Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:44 pm

Well done MM and Mads! :clap:

It is definitely Kamea like Flutterby already confirmed!

This brings some more interesting and valuable to her bio!

Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Kamea - Our favourite Wild Dog

Unread postby Muhammad » Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:58 am

S65,Jan.2007
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Re: Kamea - Our favourite Wild Dog

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:00 am

Nice one :D the white mark is so clear.
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