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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by JoelR » Tue Dec 02, 2008 4:26 pm

The chance of seeing Wild Dogs in Mapungubwe is getting bigger and bigger!!

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Wild Dogs

Unread post by Mavusana » Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:21 pm

Dear Forumites

Let me share one of the pics, I took while @KNP 2008, watch the space there's more coming.

Park Of 8 Wild Dogs :dance:
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Enjoy
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Re: Wild Dogs

Unread post by SamoesaWoestyn » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:34 pm

Hi guys, here are the two I saw this December on the H1-8

The Male
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Female
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Both chasing an Impala - with no luck!
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I will go and look for the pic of my previous wild dog sighting in 2007.
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Re: Wild Dogs

Unread post by onewithnature » Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:04 am

Thanks Samoesa - lovely! :thumbs_up:

Herman, beautifully expressed! :thumbs_up: You have captured the very essence of the frustrations and joys associated with these magnificent endangered carnivores. Because they are so difficult to see, and you never know how long you will see them when you do (something like leopards), it is just so extra special when they are seen! I was privileged to see them on my last trip to KNP, after a drought of almost 12 years!! The 20 mins I spent with them were unbelievable and one relaxed on the verge of the road so that I could gasp and wow repeatedly as I took photos and a video. I love their co-operative behavior, their boundless energy, and their nervous communication style. I'll NEVER get tired of seeing wild dog, but it can indeed be so frustrating to find them - there have been several times where I have chased after a sighting, only to find they were gone when I got there. I love your description of them as the phantoms of the wild!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Wild Dogs

Unread post by SamoesaWoestyn » Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:23 am

Here are the photos of the other one I saw November 2006 near Skukuza

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Re: Wild Dogs

Unread post by TheunsH » Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:30 pm

SamoesaWoestyn wrote:Great sighting! Lets all post our photos of wild dogs and where we saw them on this page.. Don’t you think it would be nice?


Great idea SamoesaWoestyn. I hope it's all right with Mavusana... we don't want to hijack this thread! :roll: :roll:
Mavusana I saw a pack of 7 wild dogs on the tar road between Afsaal picnic spot and Malelane gate on 11 January 2009. One of the wild dogs had a collar around his neck... I think it was a male. Do you think it's the same pack?

Herewith my photos which I had posted on my TR as well:

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by wildheart » Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:20 am

20/01/09 On the S25 at 06:58, 6 Wild Dogs running down the road.
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On the same road, same day at 17:39, 7 Wild Dogs. One was collard.
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by o-dog » Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:40 pm

For interest sake the Sabi Sands has been having amazing Wild Dog viewing of late. Well since about November 2006.

In Mala Mala:
Nov 2006 - 17 including about 8 large pups already running with the pack!
Saw them dispatch an adult Duiker as well as 3 baby impalas in 1 day as well as chase a young male leopard up a tree.
Other rangers saw the pack surround a large male Nyala which at the same time was being stalked by 2 leopards!!!
The nyala kept them at bay, the dogs saw the leopards and chased them up a tree-unbelievable! Seen the footage!

April 2007: same pack now standing at 11 came to look for a decent den site.
Highlight was 2 leopards (female + large male cub) had caught an adult male impala and they stole the live male impala away from the leopards.
Shame I can think of many occasions where these to leopards came off second best, the female even once with a damaged tail!

May 2007: We found the den-strict driving rules, 1 vehicle at a time led to amazing viewing including the 14 pups getting very accustomed to vehicles.
Every afternoon at about 5.20pm the pups would come out and suckle then pack would go crazy with excitement!
And then a hunting party would go out and hunt-this is when the adrenalin starts pumping!!
Interestingly the would make little effort to hunt close to the den and always headed to the Sand River to hunt bushbuck-I am sure in total they killed close on 50 in 2 months there-interesting hunting strategy!
Every animal gets their attention-highlights have been seeing them harass elephants (became dangerous to be in the area) as well as tease rhino-they love this game!
As a pack the always get the better of leopards at MM anyway although a leopard surprising them does startle them an they loose their kill sometimes.
They had some big fights with hyenas too and a stand off with lions.

The den to my knowledge never had lions visit and most predators stayed well away from the area.
Hooded vultures became residents at the den and would get scraps as well as eat their faeces.

July 07: the pack started to relocate to new areas.

September 07: the pack of 25 returns to MM missing 3 pups. A few kills later and they went back to KNP.

July (I think) 08: The pack now of 9 adults returned with 8 pups and used the same den site!

Dec 08: pack stands at 15 (6 surviving pups) with at least one pup recorded to be killed by a lioness which ate it with little interest from the rest of the pride.

In may 08, four break always denned in the western sector and had 10 pups.
They went E in to KNP with 4 surviving pups. Highlight was having a lion steal a live adult male impala from them-shame poor animal!

Thought people might be interested as these are KNP dogs as well.
Anyways after a long absence the dogs have found SS to their liking which has been a pleasure for all those working an visiting there.
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Re: Wild Dog

Unread post by Imax » Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:33 am

My last sighting on 31 January,

AT Kruger gate....you could have been standing at the curio shop and see them!

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by lastpride » Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:21 pm

Not the best quality photos but..

if you want to see them eat

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or how about eat and mate?

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by JCM » Sun May 10, 2009 3:02 pm

Thanx everyone for the wild dog updates!
Saw two sightings last year April- 7dogs on voortrekker road, heading east of Pretoriuskop, and 12 dogs on Doispane road(s1),same trip. December again close to Afsaal picnic site (6 dogs)-only in the park for that day. Was now at Skukuza-5 days- and saw 12 dogs at Transport dam. Never got any interaction with other predators.
Was very fortunate in my life to witness wild dogs making a kill from start to finish in Moremi/Botswana
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Must admit ...it was a bloody mess!!!
Here are the ones at doispane road
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Transport dam wild dogs
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Hope you enjoy the pics.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by o-dog » Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:06 am

I have been inspired by all the lovely pics on this thread that I thought I would add some of my own with a little story...

So in 2006 I started work in the greater KNP in the Sabi Sands. To be specific at Mala Mala. Wild Dog sightings were few and far between and even the trackers jokingly said they didnt exist as it had been years since most had seen any...until the Skukuza pack (well the pack that is seen in the general area) decided to pop in at the end of 2006. Very nice, my favourite animal coincides a visit with my working there. That would have satisfied me just one view of the pack of 17.

Well November of 2006 was the start of great things for this pack and those fortunate to view them. Hunting with wild dogs esp when you can go off road is the best adrenalin rush I have ever had even surpassing a Vic Falls bungee jump. But what no-one realised was that not only were they using this area to hunt but at the same time were checking out suitable areas for denning and when in May (denning period) they were spending a lot of time on the property we knew we had hit the Jackpot and what followed were some of the best experiences I have had and can dream of having. So here are some pics....

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This is a pic (above) of some of the pack at denning time setting out on the evening hunt. They like most of the larger predators seem to prefer the roads to an extent.

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THe pic above is when the pups were really young and as the adults got ready for the hunt, all the excitment at the den resulted in the pups bursting out and then the alpha female came to suckle them. 14 bundles of fur with this alpha female.

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The pic above is arguably the rarest sighting ive had in the park and I was one of 2 rangers to get a view of this behaviour on one hot winters day at about 1030 am when the alpha female decided that the pups needed to be moved to a new termite mound...so one by one she carried all 14 across over a period of about 30 minutes...what amazing moms they are!

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This pic shows the ever growing pups suckling.

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And this pic of the adults which used to go and play and almost tease the pups when the alpha female wasnt around. Sooo cute!

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The pups started eating meat soon and here they are getting some bushbuck meat regurgitated to them.

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Here the pups already picking up the tearing skills that they will need to have mastered by the time they are adults.!


Enjoy...

ps next time I will do a kills section but have many more pics like these and oh if you are interested there is a lot of info about this pack that I wrote up a few pages back!
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by SamoesaWoestyn » Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:04 pm

What a sighting dog!

My dream sighting is to witness a wild dog kill but this one is almost as good as a kill. To see those young ones just bring a smile to my face.

Well done, you are one ahead of me with that sighting, absolutely brilliant! :clap:
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Aquilla » Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:18 pm

I was at the prize giving held at Johannesburg Country Club on 09/06/2009 This was to do with the recent census held on Wild Dog and Cheetah in KNP. The 3 top winners were no nessessarily the best pictures, but rather the most informative ones and they were well done i must say.

Briefly, some provisional info has been released:

There are only about 140 WD in the whole of KNP and these are in 19 different packs. One of these packs was sighted in the Pafuri region a while ago and only once. It is believed that they have moved off back into Zimbabwe. By far most of the packs are sighted south of the Sabie river.

The highest count was about 15 years back and this was around 405 dogs. One of the influences in WD numbers is rainfall. They seem to do better in times of drought. This count is however, up from the last one. This effectively means that there are only 38 breeding dogs in the whole of KNP ( 38 alpha dogs). A sustainable population is also thought to be at least 500 WD! Warning signs.

Indiscriminate snaring is thought to also have a negative impact on the WD numbers. A number of pictures were unfortunately taken of dogs with snares on them.

The average territory for WD is around 500km2 whilst it is around 250km2 for Cheetah. There are roughly the same amount of Cheetah in the park as WD.

There have been reports of WD sightings on the Moz side of the park. These animals are, however ,continuously on the move so accurate information is not available. There were no sightings in the N part of the Moz side of the park.

Interestingly enough regarding the Cheetah, the litter size seems to be larger than expected with litters of 6 cubs not uncommon! 40% of the Cheetah sighted were below 1 year of age.

And King Cheetah? Well there was only one sighting photographed and this was near Lower Sabie. But it doesnt end there people. It has subsequently transpired that this was a hoax. It was taken at a Cheetah breeding establishment. What an idiot.

These were just provisional information and more detailed scientific information will be published in the near future.

I trust you will all find thus very interesting.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Aquilla » Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:39 am

That number is from the photos sent in yes. Due to the fact that there are so few WD in the park and due to their nomadic status, convensional counting methods are not very accurate.

They did attampt to use a program that is used in the Serengeti to count Cheetah but this was found to be too difficult to use. They found that the human touch was needed.

What made it even more difficult is that the two sides of a WD are very different. They had to painstakinly match the 2 sides of the dog to make 1 dog. And these are from different photographs taken by different people at different locations!


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