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Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:41 am

The Kruger wild dog project has super news about Wild dog numbers in Kruger!

"The Kruger Wild Dog Project is excited to announce that 2013 has been a good denning season for Wild Dog in Kruger National Park. five of the eight packs in Southern Kruger Have had pups. 3 packs in the central region as well as a resident pack in the north. it is hoped these pups will all survive and the population will go from strength to strength. Current population for Greater Kruger with pups is approximately 220 individuals."

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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby lion queen » Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:32 am

Great news.........and so the chances to see some Doggies grow!!! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby flying cheetah » Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:02 pm

Great news indeed. I never saw more dogs than during my last November trip (6 sightings). Would be very interesting if the people from the Wild Dog Project could give some more infos about the different packs (territory, number of dogs in the pack etc.) :wink:
As I have mentiond in anoter thread I saw a fight between 2 packs North of Matjulu 2 weeks ago and I believe that at least 2 dogs (one adult, one pup) didn't survive the confrontation.
I also saw the Pretoriuskop pack 33 days in a row. There were 13 dogs in the pack and 6 or 7 of them were pups :dance:
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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby Grantmissy » Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:10 pm

Thank you Cheetah for sharing this good news :thumbs_up:
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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:00 pm

Wow FC that is quite a run you had there :dance:
I wish the wild dog project people could give us a map of the territories of the various packs!

Dup wrote:Good news,
but I want to put some statement on the table; :think:

Wild Dog, Leopard and to some degree Cheetah, sightings are more during the rainy season(Nov,Dec and Jan) as these animals use the roads. Not only did they use it to "dry out" but also to hunt. The Impala concentrations and new born along all the roads.Would be interesting if there are any statistics. :hmz:

Interesting Dup :hmz:
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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby flying cheetah » Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:02 pm

cheetah2111 wrote:There is a small pack the researchers refer to as the 'Jock pack' named after the Jock Safari Bush lodge which is apparently their locus. This is the pack one would see around Biyamiti as well. Late November their number was 5 adults and 2 pups.


That must be one of the packs that was involved in the fight I saw, probably the pack that started the attack. I met the manager of the Jock Safari Lodge a bit later and told him about the figt and the injured dogs. He told me that they work close together with the people who monitor the wild dog population in Kruger. So I sent him a few pics of the dogs but didn't get any reply so far :(
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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby TonyW » Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:18 pm

Great news!! Thank you :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby Dup » Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:22 pm

You Mites have no mercy :sniper: :sniper: :sniper: ,you start a thing and it comes to digging up photo's.
Are we not talking about 3 groups/packs, around Afsaal.
-one pack the big one ,your one group FC .I call them the Afsaal/Voortrekker road pack.
-Smaller pack about 6 adults (the pic's I must find).I call them the S 118 group.
- Then the group you refer as the Jock's pack.
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How did the intense burn program influence their "terrain' :big_eyes:

Then we know the Pretorius Kop pack.
Then the pack near Croc bridge I have never saw them.
Then there is a pack near Mpondo dam.(S102).

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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby Penny » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:59 am

I think the Croc Bridge pack which used to number 23 dogs has split and the half of them now hang around the H5 and then of course there is the Skukuza pack!
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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:55 am

Dup I wish we could have the packs and their territories mapped out!
However it seems you are correct in that many packs operate on the Western side of Southern Kruger!

The Jock pack are also seen on the Voortrekker road on both sides of Afsaal. Today they were seen on the H3
at the Jock Safari access road

There is a pack of 12 that hangs out closer to Malalane gate. They have been seen there this morning on the S110 and H3 turnoff. Perhaps they are of the lineage of the 'Matjulu pack' that we once referred to them as?

There is another pack of 8 wild dogs that has been seen over the last week. They have operated around the H12, S30 Salitjie and H1-2 roads. We also have photographic evidence that they jogged down the H1-2 all the way down to the Sand River bridge!

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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby JohanEngels » Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:17 pm

Wild dogs have always been a favorite of mine. Wish I could see a pack when I'm there next week. Is there a pack on the H 7 from Orpen to Satara, or the n1-4/n1-5 all the way up towards Shingwedzi. That will be my main road, and would really like to see this beautiful creature once more.

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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby PietSkiet » Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:21 pm

Hi Johan, there is definitely a pack on the H7, they are seen regularly, but they have evaded me in the past. There is a big pack seen near Tamboti quite often and they are also seen often between Satara and Nsemani dam
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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby wildcatzoo » Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:48 pm

I'm in the middle of my trip report, so pictures will show up there as I get to them, but in November 2013 we saw:

6 adults on the S25 on 9 Nov, 2 with collars

pack of 10+ on the Nwatimwambu access road 13 Nov (leaving trail camp)

Pack of 30+ on H7 near Orpen/Nwamatsatsa river 23 Nov, many subadults

(not in Kruger) pack of 8 in Sabi Sands, 28 Nov
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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:36 am

There are apparently 7 collared dogs in Southern Kruger. The wild dog researcher was saying on twitter that more collared dogs would be preferable, however they are quite expensive.
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Re: Good denning season - wild dog numbers looking good!

Unread postby STORMA » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:02 am

We have seen the pack in December 2013 also on the Rabalais loop, but they were only 28 strong. Killed a duiker not even 10 meters from our vehicle - what a day!!!


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