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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by RosemaryH » Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:06 pm

Thank you Lesley :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by onewithnature » Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:45 am

Because of the itinerant nature of wild dogs, as well as their tendency to group together, a wild dog sighting for me has always been at the top of my predator-sightings list. Unless you have detailed information of denning dogs, the ability to see these magnificent animals seems more to do with luck than actually looking for them. If anyone knows how to improve the number of sightings in any given time period, please let me know as thirty years of trying has yielded only 21 sightings. There is no two ways about it - everything has to be done to save this stunning creature, and it is fully heartwarming to see how efficiently nature conservationists have formulated a strong and rapid intervention in the light of the recent tragedies. Thank you immensely to all who dedicate their lives to keeping our wildlife heritage alive! It is, in fact, nothing less than our sincere and heartfelt duty for everyone of us to donate funds to these efforts so that all may enjoy the fruits of these amazing people's work. :gflower: :gflower: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :gflower: :gflower:
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:27 am

Hi Onewithnature

Wild dogs in Kruger are also very predictable!

They love roads.

Before your next trip...

1. Check daily on Latest Sightings... you will notice there are pups on the S1 just west of S65 currently/same on H1-1 around Shitlave dam area... a huge pack around Orpen/H7 (I never find them ... lol)... and another big pack around Balule/Olifants... and the usual Skukuza/Phabeni/Berge en Dal/Crocodile Bridge packs (LS all dead)...

2. When you get to Kruger, check your SIGHTINGS BOARD for YESTERDAY AND TODAY... do this at the gate, at the camp, at every camp you stop at...

3. If wild dogs were on the H4-1 east of Skukuza yesterday, and were seen near the H11 today, then most likely they will be about 5-10 km further west on the S65/S1 or S3 or Delaport dam area on H1-1 tomorrow... FIRST check where they were seen TODAY... they usually sleep somewhere close by and get up 1 hour before sunset when it cools down....

4. ASK at picnic sites/ablutions/tour operators... people love telling you what they saw!

In December 2014 I spent 2 weeks in the south/centre of Kruger and saw over 100 wild dogs, some multiple sightings of the same pack at different places and times...
In December 2015 I spent 2 weeks in the same area (both were in December, when dogs don't stay in one spot with a den anymore), not straining myself at all, and saw at least 50 wild dogs...
In March 2016 I celebrated my 60th birthday by going from north to south in 10 days... NOTHING in the north, but during the 3 days in the south, I found about 20 dogs, including a mating couple at sunset in the road next to my car...

Enjoy your next wild dog bonanza!

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Afriphile » Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:45 am

I agree with Friedrich,if I wanted to see Wild dogs in Kruger I would do my research and then concentrate on these chosen areas,especially the first 2 hours and last 2 hours of sunlight..
The regular hotspots are,
Orpen area
Balule crossroads,north of Satara.
Around the Northern most Baobab and Sweni road.
Anywhere around Skukuza and Berg en Dahl.
But as has been said they can,and do,turn up anywhere.
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:46 am

I regularly see the Orpen pack, usually at the turn off to the ranger's house about 7 km from camp on the H7.
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by onewithnature » Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:40 am

Friedrich, Afriphile, BB - thank you for the excellent information. :gflower: :thumbs_up: :D I will certainly add a few of those spots to my list.

I've never been a fan of social-media sightings, but I feel that that is often the best way to find wild dogs. Many times the sightings are too far away, but if the dogs are sedentary, then it is often worth the effort to head that way. Dogs on the move can head in any direction and we've missed 'definite' sightings on several occasions because of this, sometimes arriving a minute or two after they've left.

We did have a lovely sighting from that S1 pack a year back - the dogs had been at the same spot the entire day and, as we arrived, the sun close to the horizon, the dogs chose that moment to up and begin their play sessions. I was impressed that day at how well the tourists behaved that day and thought if only all sightings could be like that.

The H7 pack I have only seen once - at the very spot BB sees them - but I have tried dozens of times driving that road up and down, and each time they have eluded us. It's sad that the Croc Bridge pack died recently - and that has been the pack I have probably seen the most - but the current vaccination drives from the conservation teams are very positive for the future of the dogs in Kruger.
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:15 pm

Just a few of my favourite pics from our incredible sighting in Feb and March this year.

This was one of the pack of 8 dogs seen on the loop road off the H4-1

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and this couldn't get enough of me telling him how beautiful he was!

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and this little female looked like she was not too far from giving birth and didn't look too comfortable.

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with, we presume the father or alpha male of the pack

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and then a further sighting of a pack of 10 the next day on the S23 8)

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by salamanda » Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:18 pm

Interesting article here on how wild dogs sneeze to vote on movement and changes of direction.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-41161664

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:35 pm

Good news from Lesley Nyawo re the introduction of Wild dogs into the north of the park.

ENDANGERED AFRICAN WILD DOGS INTEGRATE IMPECCABLY INTO KRUGER NATIONAL

Today marks a month since the introduction of the new pack of 8 Wild Dogs into the Kruger National Park. The release of the pack came after a considerable period of observation of the wild dogs in the Boma before the release on 16 September 2017.

The day of the release was a success, the pack followed the bait that was dragged out of the gate making it seem natural. A lone female had been visiting the Boma where the pack was kept for observation frequently despite being chased away a few times; the pack has since accepted the lone female, she has since been seen guiding the new back around their new home.

The pack of 9 wild dogs incisive of the lone female has managed to stay together. According to satellite locations from satellite collars fitted onto two wild dogs, the pack was discovered in the vicinity of Red Rocks, Shingwedzi Rest Camp before heading downstream to towards Dipeni and then southwards along the border towards Kotsini.

The pack seems to be in a good health status apart from a few minor temporary limps that are most likely due to thorns. They feed regularly, they were spotted killing two female nyalas in front of Shingwedzi Rest Camp on 20 September 2017.
The progress so far is good, further observations are necessary before a concrete conclusion can be made on the integration.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by umtali1 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:55 pm

That is very good news indeed :clap: :dance: . It just shows the positives of conservation. Well done to the team :thumbs_up: :clap:

I found this very interesting especially as we saw a lone female close to the H1-6, just south of the northern end of the S144 in May 2016.
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:59 pm

That is such great news about the wild dog pack! Something to look out for when I am in that area again!

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Crested Val » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:06 pm

Lovely news, thanks Lesley. :gflower:

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by RayK » Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:31 pm

Thank you Elsa for the great news from Lesley. An absolutely wonderful addition to northern Kruger. :thumbs_up:

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Afriphile » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:44 pm

Great news,a wonderful predator which needs our help.
Although the post doesn't say so, it implies that there are very few AWD in the north of KNP.
Some time ago I read that there were more packs in the north,than the south!
Does anyone know what happened to them?
A few years ago they were regularly seen around Punda Maria.
Any current info about numbers of packs/individuals in the north.
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