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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread post by ekoppen » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:22 pm

A November 2011 afternoon between Croc Bridge and Lower Sabie


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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread post by neilo » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:20 pm

Two years in a row we have seen wild dog on the S108 and H5. Both times it was late October, Or Mid December. Pics are tough as the light is tricky. They definitely have a den somewhere in that area , and like being in the road, as they can move quickly .


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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread post by neilo » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:27 pm

We were surrounded by them in the road. At least 15, barking and yapping, and biting each other. There was also a stark smell of bile, as they were regurgatating food.

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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread post by neilo » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:28 pm

nice bite

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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread post by neilo » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:44 pm

If can can give one piece of advice to photographers.... It's be READY !!!!

You need to have your camera's on-hand, and have them ready to shoot it the light you are travelling in. Know your settings for early morning, and late afternoon. It's the trickiest time to take pics. The Kruger Park is full of suprises , and things are unpredictable. Animals will not wait !!!



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Wild dog sightings

Unread post by ice » Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:13 pm

more info here


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TV Documentary about Wild Dogs

Unread post by ice » Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:17 pm



a few of my own observations:

- I don't think you could say "everything is in balance in Kruger": they have a huge poaching problem and an even bigger problem with way too many elephants in the park

- before watching this report my information was that during the last "big" census in 2009 172 dogs were counted; now they talk of 130 in 2012...another huge decline

- when I booked accomodation for our last trip (see http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=66697) I made sure to spend some nights in Pretoriuskop, specifically to try and find the dogs they are talking about; unfortunately we never found them (they had already left the den) but we did see the Skukuza pack twice (video footage to come); in fact, while we were there, it was seen on a regular basis

- at ca. 4:35 they talk about the guy getting a tweet - that was in fact a message from KrugerSightings (you can see their logo in the lop left corner of his cell phone)

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Wild Dog Kill - 10 November 2012

Unread post by ossendryver » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:21 pm

This is a video of amazing footage which was taken seconds after the Crocodile Bridge back of Wild Dogs caught and killed an impala.
It was taken on the S25 just west of Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Video was taken by David Da Silva.


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Re: Wild Dog Kill - 10 November 2012

Unread post by Pumbaa » Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:08 pm

Incredible - Within only seconds not much left :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

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Re: Wild Dog Kill - 10 November 2012

Unread post by Patto » Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:38 am

Actually the most "humane" and efficient method of killing. The animal is disembowled and dies in seconds. It is only torn apart after death. Compare this to say a lion, which suffocates its kill which, depending on the size of the prey, could take quite a few minutes.
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Re: Wild Dogs

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:23 pm

Wild dog close up near Skukuza

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Re: Wild Dogs

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:56 pm

Tx for the comments

View more of our sighting on the Paul Kruger road


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Re: Wild Dogs

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:30 pm

Few more of the Skukuza pack


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Re: African Wild dogs -are their numbers on the up?

Unread post by Highbury » Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:23 pm

The last census showed less than 200 dogs - which is historically very low . Their numbers vary generally between 200-450 and are influenced by a number of factors including the numbers of their competitors and amount of rainfall . Generally their numbers have tracked rainfall patterns , and they don't seem to do well in periods of good rainfall . In the 1990's which were generally drier , their numbers ranged from 300-450 .

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Re: African Wild dogs -are their numbers on the up?

Unread post by Highbury » Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:22 am

Suggest you do a google search for wild dog census numbers . The Sanparks annual report has overall game census numbers - I recall a link somewhere on this site to that report , but I don't think cheetah and wild dog form part of that census . There have been sporadic counts/estimates of cheetah and wild dog numbers over they years , and Sanparks have run photo competitions to assist in gathering data on these species .

I did a quick google search and have pasted a quote from an article on the iol.co.za site that has some relevance , but if you want to find more , just google search - there are many links .

" The first Kruger Park wild dog photographic census was completed in the 1980s and again in 1995, 2000 and 2005 and wild dog numbers have "fluctuated" between a peak of 434 in 1995 and 120 in 2005. When cheetahs were added to the list in 2005, 103 individuals were identified ..."


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