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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by hyena_spot » Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:24 am

We've seen a pack of Wild Dogs including pups (around 20-22 dogs in total) just a couple of hundret meters outside of Talamati gate back in September. It was about half an hour before the gate closed and they were running towards us on the street. The pups were very playful and curious, stopped and looked around, then chased some birds. Then all of a sudden 3 or maybe 4 adult ones started chasing Impalas out of the bush and they ran away from us, only to return a couple of minutes later with a bloody face. They killed an Impala right next to the road and if we weren't lucky enough to see and watch these dogs for minutes and minutes, we actually saw them finishing off a kill a couple of meters away from us...
I truly still have no words for what we experienced. It took my breath away...we were taking pictures like crazy.

Here are two. I'll post more once I have them ready...

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Impisi08 » Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:28 am

In the current issue of Africa Geographic (november 2010) there is an interesting story about a female wild dog in Moremi (around Mombo Camp) in Botswana. Her mates were possibly killed by lions. After some months she gave up looking for her mates and started associating with spotted hyena's (greeting and touching muzzles) and black-backed jackals. She regurgitates meat for the jackal pups and when she sets off on a hunt, usually the jackals follow her and after a kill they feed together.

You can find more information and pictures about this wild dog (and many more interesting stories) if you go to Grant Atkinsons blog on the Africa Geographic website. At the moment the wild dog story is on page 3 of his blog.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Bobbi Jane » Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:13 pm

Picture taken during May 2010 between Crocodile Bridge & Berg-een-Dal. One of sixteen dogs next to the road!

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by o-dog » Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:11 am

HI Kallis1786

Skukuza is teaming with wild dogs at the moment. They are being seen on every main road nearby. There are 4 packs, possibly 5 that have been operating within 15 km of the Main Camp as a crow flies.
I saw 2 packs the day before yesterday. At least 5 adults feeding on a baby impala on the tar road just west of Transport Dam.
Then we saw 7 adults and 1 about 6 month old pup just South of Skukuza. They were at the main 4-way stop and went south and caught some baby impalas on the road to Renosterkoppies. I will post some pics.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by o-dog » Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:43 am

The following pics are of the pack that was hanging around just south of Skukuza. every other day they went South down to Granokop then back east then north towards the Skukuza 4-way stop. This route they followed for the 4 days we were there, harvesting the area of the baby impala. We had just missed them several times so on the last morning in the park we decided to focus on finding them and work the area properly.

After someone had reported them in the area again that morning we drove around off the H1-1 anticipating that they might pop out on the S114. We were about to give up and turn around when we said "Ok we will just check around the next corner"...for once it worked that the last corner we check around, produced something...all 8 dogs were just off the side of the road ripping up the poor babies they had just caught.
It was hard to tell but at least 2 but maybe 3 or 4 were caught and even while we were there one dog sprinted off and came back with another baby impala.

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..and then playing after the hunt...

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Got many more pics including of the other pack that also was eating impalas in much the same style earlier that morning.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Rookie2009 » Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:56 am

Found the doggies 3 times in our october holiday - these are the pics of 5 dogs between satara and orpen;

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Unfortunately we had to drive as they began to hunt a bushbock, but it was amazing to have them in such a short distance :dance:
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Re: Wild dog clips from the Kruger

Unread post by Mama fariu » Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:13 am

Hi everyone this was taken between on the road between Pretoriuskop and Skukuza. Enjoy

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Re: Wild dog clips from the Kruger

Unread post by Nungu » Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:04 pm

Well Done Mama Fairu - you managed to capture the forum's favorite wild dog in KNP.... Kamea :dance:

Named by Flutterby and Samoesawoestyn, you can read more about her here:

She is in all 3 videos - in both the first and second video she's the only one in the shot at 47 seconds and in the last video she's the one coming towards the others from the bottom of the screen and then leaves the other 3 again towards the left of the screen.

She can be recognised by the white "K" on her front left leg.

When was this taken Mama Fairu? :thumbs_up:
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Aat » Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:05 pm

Great pics o-dog :thumbs_up:

I just got good news from Tembe EP... they had about 13 wilddogs in the boma and they got approval to release them now. Half january they will be released in the wild in Tembe.
The group has some kruger and some hluwe wilddogs where the kruger wilddogs will be the leading ones.
Within the pack there are 6 younsters

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by SamoesaWoestyn » Fri Dec 31, 2010 11:30 am

On our recent trip (29 December 2010) to KNP we came across this pack of 7 Wild dogs on the H3 less than 5km from Skukuza. They were running towards Skukuza and at the 4-way stop in front of the camp they ran into a small group of Zebras. They immediately surrounded the zebras and tried their luck but the zebras stood together and chased the dogs away. The dogs tried a few times but when they saw they are not going to win this battle, they ran off into the distance…

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by G@mespotter » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:55 pm

During my trip from 17 December 2010 - 1 January 2011 we were privileged enough to see wilddog on 4 occasions! That, after a 6 year 'draught' where I tried every single road in the good areas. All sightings were early morning before 08h00. Our first pack was on the H7 on 24 December, hwere we drove with them for nearly 1,3 km. Second pack were 5 dogs along the s25 on 27 December, probably the same as Mfezi saw.

The other two times were close to Afsaal along the H3 and the Voortrekker road. We had STUNNING views of the dogs, and at one stage they 'parked' in the shade on the waiting vehicles :D At one stage, they devoured an impala, but the grass was just too high to have a good view and take pictures. The Afsaal area stays my favorite for animal sightings, it's just been unbelievable.

The last sighting of wilddog also improved a personal record of seeing the Big5 + wilddogs in 3,5 hours.... Not that I'm a Big5 'hunter' but it's still great to see.

They always were, and always will be my favorite animals.

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Just 'a few' shots, which cannot describe or depict how awesome it is to see these lovely active creatures :thumbs_up:
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by adw » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:12 pm

Great sightings G@mespotter and great pics as well. :clap: :clap:
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A second Chance for the African Wild Dog

Unread post by KendraClaire » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:46 pm

A pack of 14 Endangered African Wild Dogs was reintroduced into the Tembe Elephant Park today, following extensive community liaison and preparation work over the past year.

It was an emotional occasion, as many people present have been involved in this project from the very beginning and are deeply aware of the extreme importance of this release. “The release of this Wild Dog pack into the Tembe Elephant Park is vital to the survival of South Africa’s managed Wild Dog metapopulation,” says the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Kelly Marnewick. “It’s incredible to finally see them stepping into the wild and we are all holding thumbs that they will do well.”

The formal Wild Dog metapopulation programme was initiated in 1998 to expand the species’ range throughout South Africa. Tembe will be the 12th reserve to receive Wild Dogs as part of the programme.

The Wild Dog Metapopulation Programme is coordinated by the Wild Dog Advisory Group (WAG). The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) has held the WAG chair since its inception and has implemented many projects under the WAG umbrella, including projects in the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve and Marekele National Park (both in Limpopo Province), and the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana. Much of the support for these activities in KZN has come from Land Rover South Africa and the Green Trust, while Wildlife Act, the Wildlands Conservation Trust, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW), Tembe Tribal Authority, Dr M. Toft and Tembe Elephant Park Lodge have been key partners.

Wild Dogs Lycaon pictus are South Africa’s rarest carnivore and were extirpated from KZN in the 1930s. There are less than 400 Wild Dogs remaining in South Africa, of which approximately 130 are in the Kruger National Park and 160 in northern KZN (approximately 110 of which are in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park).

Reintroduction initiatives for Wild Dogs into KZN began in 1980 and there are currently four reserves in KZN with resident Wild Dogs, namely Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Thanda Private Game Reserve and Hlambanyathi Game Reserve. In 2006 the EWT started a project to expand the range for Wild Dogs in KZN, in partnership with EKZNW and the Smithsonian Institution. EKZNW has been instrumental in expanding Wild Dog range in the province under this project.

In December 2009 four male Wild Dogs from the then De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust were relocated to Tembe Elephant Park and accommodated in a boma, with the intention of later reintroducing them into the reserve. In February 2010 three females from Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park joined them. The pack produced seven pups while communities in the area were prepared for their release.

The potential for conflict between reintroduced Wild Dogs and neighbouring landowners is high. Wild Dogs may attack livestock, while they are also often confused with domestic dogs, which can do a great deal of livestock damage. As such, WildlifeACT, with support from the Endangered Wildlife Trust and Wildlands Conservation Trust, began to actively engage community stakeholders regarding the project in March 2010. This was the first time that a KwaZulu-Natal tribal authority had been actively engaged in the decision making and preparation process for the reintroduction of Wild Dogs and the result was that the Tembe Tribal Authority, the Tembe Local Board and the local municipality gave their support for the initiative.

African Wild Dogs once occurred throughout sub-Saharan Africa but now occupy only a fraction of that range. Habitat fragmentation and isolation, exacerbated by human persecution, are the main factors contributing to this decline. There are currently about 5 500–6 000 Wild Dogs left in the wild globally and the species is listed as Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Only a handful of countries contain viable Wild Dog populations, with the largest populations occurring in northern Botswana, Tanzania and northern Mozambique.

Wild Dogs are particularly challenging to conserve because they range widely and occur at low densities. As such even the largest protected areas are able to support only small populations. The conservation and management of small, fragmented populations has therefore become an unavoidable necessity.

Wildlife Act will be monitoring the Tembe pack, while the EWT will remain involved in its role as coordinator of the KZN Wild Dog Management Group. The group aims to promote the national Wild Dog Range Management Project and establish safe corridors between reserves for natural dispersals of the species.

Pictures are available on request. Also visit the EWT’s Facebook group for video footage, pictures and more on the story - www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=92994179642

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by TreeQueen » Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:01 am

Wow what can I say about the wild dog??? It is one of the most amazing animals in Kruger which I have only seen less than 5 times ever!

Last year Dec 2010 I had the privilege of seeing two large wild dog packs: one pack of about 16 in the Berg-en-Dal area (on the main road between Berg-en-Dal and Afsaal) and the other pack of about 12 in the Orpen area (the main road between Orpen and Satara).

Here are some snapshots of them...

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by wildheart » Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:16 pm

FlorisCathy wrote: Does anyone know if they've got a manager to arrange a meat and great?


You are in luck, I spoke to them and apparently this one is the manager. :tongue:
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He was a very nice fellow and we were honoured to be in their company for a long time. He said that if you want to see them, then you must make sure to be on the road as the gate opens and just before closing time. The S25 and H3 are their favourite roads. I can vouch for that cause we see them almost every time that we are there. :thumbs_up:


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