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

Unread post by adw » Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:00 pm

I have just returned from a trip to Satara and I saw the Orpen pack last Sunday 500 metres from the Muzandzeni Picnic spot. I was told at last count this pack was 16 strong. Well I can tell you it has been swelled by a healthy crop of younsters and we counted at least 25 dogs, both adult and sub adult. Our count was a best estimate but the young sub adults are in excellent condition.
I will post some photos later.
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Re: African Wild dogs -are their numbers on the up?

Unread post by adw » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:03 am

Further to my earlier post here is a photo of some of the members of the pack. In this photo there are 11 dogs and there were many more milling about. This was 500 metres from the Muzandzeni Picnic spot and was taken at 17h00 on Sunday 25/11/2012. I was fortunate to see them tree a Leopard and I will show more photos in my trip report.

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

Unread post by Selamat » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:35 am

Our experience with wild dogs:

Kruger Park - South Africa - 15 september 2012

A rainy morning, around 9 am. We're driving on the 'Circle Road' near Pretoriuskop.

On the road ahead, we see an unexpected animal. It appears to be a domestic dog, complete with collar and leash around his neck.
He probably strayed away from a village close to the border of the Krugerpark and must have gotten lost; he's running around aimlessly.

Suddenly we notice a group of 'Wild Dogs' walking high up between the rocks. They spotted the little domestic dog as well and climb down towards the road.
Fearing the worst for the little dog, we could do nothing but watch the violent confrontation happen in front of our car.
The three Wild Dogs attack and they engage in a wild and unfair fight, chasing the defenseless dog into the high grass.

The little dog gives everything he's got: he bites, growls, barks, bares his teeth...

Just when we're thinking the little animal must be getting devoured in the bushes, something even more unexpected happens:
the three big dogs give up their fight and flee away, tail between their legs.

After his surprising victory we see the domestic dog one last time. Limping slightly on his rear leg, he disappears along the road.


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

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:57 am

The Orpen pack is 30 strong now :thumbs_up:
So it is safe to say that the numbers are up in that pack :D

Not sure of the overall picture of wild dog numbers in Kruger though
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Re: African Wild dogs -are their numbers on the up?

Unread post by adw » Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:46 am

That is interesting Cheetah. I lost count at 20 so estimated at 25. Thirty wow!!!! That is good news. Did you see them after I spoke to you at Tshokwane?
Just to whet the appetite of WD lovers here is a photo of a Youngster.

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

Unread post by shortcourse » Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:37 pm

We came across 18 wild dog on the Orpen road near the dam outside Satara (Nsemani maybe?) this last week. Great sighting and the pack was clearly well fed - one dog did appear to be blind in one eye (very milky) though but seemed to be coping fine!
Also, there were numerous sightings of the Skukuza pack and one individual managed to see the pack make 4 (FOUR!!!) kills in one morning!!!

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Nannie » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:46 am

On the H3 just before the S118, 28/3/13 at 6;38.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by onewithnature » Sat Jun 15, 2013 2:20 am

Excellent advice, Friedrich. :clap: :clap: :clap:

We actually saw the pups and pack circling the Napi Road in November; was an amazing sighting as we had the privilege of following them all alone for three kilometres along the tar and then down the dirt road. Strangely, just as the lead dogs and trailing pups disappeared through the long grass near the koppie, three cars came into view around the rocks. Of course they did not believe that they had missed them by literally seconds. Makes me wonder how many times we've missed these elusive animals by the smallest of margins.
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by onewithnature » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:50 am

Friedrich von Hörsten wrote:Hi OWN,

What a special experience that must have been!
Glad to hear you saw PUPS, which implies more than one??!

We spent 2 nights at Pretoriuskop in September, and were told the dogs had left the previous week and were no longer around... on the last evening 10 minutes before gate closing time, we turned off the H1-1 to Pretoriuskop, but via die DIRT road, and yes, 3 adults and 1 pup came trotting down the road and disappeared into the grass. We made a u-turn back to the tar road and waited. A car came by and we stopped them. "Wait for wild dogs" we said. They smiled and drove on. Ten seconds later the dogs were in the tar road. They slammed om brakes and came back, grinning sheepishly!
But only 1 pup.
Glad you saw the others too!

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:clap: :clap: :clap: How lovely, Friedrich. I've done that dirt road probably two or three dozen times and have never seen anything of great consequence on it, perhaps as the grass there is particularly high. I've noticed too how flippant people can be these days, probably because so many are impatient. Do you know how old the pup was?

As for our sighting, we were cruising the tar road towards Skukuza and had just passed the first Napi turnoff when I noticed shapes spread out on the slight rise about 400m distant. Even before I had trained the binocs on them, I knew it was wild dogs. Then I had to control my excitement as I moved steadily towards them, trying not to scare them off by being too frenetic. However, they were in easy trot mode and, as we closed on them, my spine almost shot through my head as the excitement levels climbed just as quickly: "PUPS," I yelled, as silently as possible. They were probably around five to six months old and there were five of them trailing the lead dogs. An adult stayed with them at the back and it was delightful to see the interplay between them. Every so often the lead dogs would stop and gaze off into the bush, fully alert, before continuing on their loping trot. I couldn't believe that there were no other cars and then we were doubly excited as they turned onto the second Napi road as we could still continue following them. As wild dogs often do, they split into two fronts and fanned out, always keeping their steady trot. Just before the great boulders the lead dogs veered off through the thick grass and sped up, causing a troop of baboons on top of the rocks to squeal and scramble higher. We never did see what prey they had spotted, but we didn't mind as the sighting itself had been so special: it's not often that one can get to follow these amazing predators so freely and without the hindrances of other cars. It will forever remain one of the greatest sightings that Kruger has dished up for us.
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Johann » Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:21 am

Found a pack of 12-15 dogs on the H1-2 somewhere between the H12 turn-off and the N'watindlopfu river on 02 July 2013. Not easy to photograph or count even as they were quite busy and on the move. Managed to get only a few shots.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Gunner » Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:56 am

Took this image on the S126 Sweni road
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Re: African Wild Dog

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:39 pm

I have checked my records and my first wild dog sighting was near Pkop circa 1980. It was a brief but unmistakeable sighting of a single dog down one of the dirt roads. By the time I turned around and got there it was gone.

I have been fortunate to have had another 16 wild dog sightings in Kruger since then, including 2 kills.
4 sightings have been a single dog, while the largest pack was 24.

I have seen the same pack on 3 consecutive days (I count each day from scratch) twice.

Most of the sightings have been on the Croc Bridge - LS tar road (5) incuding a kill, and 4 (but long ago) in the Pkop area, with 2 on the H7 and 2 at the Transport Dam (kill) or on the road down there.

My last sighting was the 24 on the S33 in Nov 2009, my sixth consecutive trip of doggie sightings.
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Re: African Wild Dog

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