Marakele: ANIMALS

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Hi Imberbe, look in this thread African Wild Dog. The Post of KNP Spokesman from Fri Dec 01, 2006 3:01 pm could be a part of the answer.
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There was a report on the news on the radio about this last week. All the Marakele WD have indeed been moved from Marakele to Kruger. Aparently they had to move them as they were causing problems with the Park's neighbours.
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Same happened to a private park we visited this year. One of the problems with WD is that they need a big area to roam and to hunt. And most private reserves and places like Marakele just seem to be to small
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Where did the Marakele dogs originte from? Is it a different genepool to Kruger or not?
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It's amazing what you can find on this site. :wink:
Have a look at this pdf.
A little excerpt wrote:Five males originally caught wild elsewhere in Limpopo Province and held in the bomas at Pilanesberg Provincial Game Reserve were placed for holding in the elephant boma at Marakele National Park late last year. The North West Parks and Tourism Board have also donated 2 females originally obtained from Botswana. The De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre have kept these dogs since shortly after their arrival from Botswana and have given an extra female for the Marakele project.

I wonder if Lynne Shaw, the Wild Dog researcher based at Marakele National Park will have moved as well.... It's "her" pack.
And a bit Dutch, the pack had been introduced at official opening of the Park on 28th August, 2003 with dignitaries such as our own Nelson Mandela and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands present.
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The wild dogs were released last friday near the Shingwedzi river.
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MARK CHOWLES wrote:This is really sad, because the more Wild Dog populations the country has the better the survival of this seriously endangered animal, Addo will soon have a pack of Wild Dogs, which I'm sure that that population will be doing very good in the future.


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I did some inquiries and here's the full story on the WDs...

There ARE still wild dogs in Marakele! Currently there are 4 females, 4 males and 5 pups being kept in the bomas on Marakele Park (Pty.) Ltd, the contractual side of the park. Hopefuly they will be released again next year!

Here's some info that the Wild Dog Advisory Group recently has sent to Marakele's Park Forum:

Wild dogs were introduced into Marakele in May 2003. For the first six months the pack remained within the park, but early 2004 the first breakout was recorded. The pack was recovered but continued to breach the perimeter fence (and some were shot by farmers). In the end of 2005 the park decided to recapture the pack and hold them in a boma until the conflicts with neighbours could be solved.
As a result there were 17 wild dogs in bomas at Marakele: 11 adults (7 males, 4 females) and 6 pups (born in the boma). The adults were closely related and some pack manipulation was required to prevent inbreeding. It was decided to remove all the males (to Kruger) and bring in some unrelated males from Madikwe Game Reserve. This happened in late October and the new males have been bonded successfully with the females and pups in the boma.

Currently re-release early next year is considered, but first fences should be upgraded and the animals should be properly collared and monitored. The experts expect that further breakouts will then be unlikely.

And some background info...

Since 1998, the Wild Dog Advisory Group has been implementing a national Wild Dog Metapopulation Strategy to establish populations of wild dogs in protected area outside the Kruger National Park. Currently the national metapopulation contains approximately 200 wild dogs in eight protected areas, namely Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Madikwe Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park, Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve, Marakele National Park, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Balule Game Reserve and Mkhuze Game Reserve. While this strategy has enjoyed considerable success, wild dogs are by no means out of danger as the total national population is still in the region of only approximately 500 individuals.

Hope this info clears the fog!
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Thanks Joel!

500... isn't that up by 50 from last year? {hopefull smiley}
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thanks JoelR
I jumped the gun a bit with the size being to small of Marakele :redface:
Glad to read that there are still WD in Marakele
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Pheew thanks Joel, I was biting my nails endlesly from worries over the dogs, now I can relax for a bit...
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The news last night reported that the wild dogs in the Marakele National Park were released from their boma into the Park. As far as I can rememeber 10 dogs were released. This gives the public an excellent opportunity of spotting these magnificent animals. I'm really happy about it! :dance:

Lets just hold thumbs that they don't escape into neighbouring farms and that their population increases.
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Hi Freespirit,

Yes my friend was there last weekend he saw the pack in the Tlopi Tented Camp area, at around 08h00, they were on the move he says. Good luck, hopefully you could bring back some pics for us. :wink:
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oooooh, I am so envious of the wild dog sighting!!!!!!
I hope the hounds are doing well!

I had a wonderful weekend (actually just Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning) there.

The main excitement was the lunar exclipse which was spectacular! I will post an article I wrote, just not sure where is the best place.

The only game we saw were those that came to the dam in front of the tents to drink. Lovely to just sit there and watch them. Waterbuck, kudu, bushbuck, impala, monkeys. Lots of white fronted bee eaters, pied king fishers and of course barble jumping all day and night.

Those tents have such a beatiful setting. I could just stay there forever.

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