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Not the finest photos ever.

 

I'd be extremely happy to have taken those images @@chrisf :)

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Have recently returned from a 3 week assignment to Sth Africa & Botswana where I was most fortunate to witness and document this amazing encounter between a lone hyena and a pack of 8 African wild

Just posted a story on my blog with many photos and a video clip of an amazing sighting we had last year at Ngala Private Game Reserve (bordering Kruger National Park) of a pack of dogs bringing their

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A few wild dogs from Mana, so all taken whilst walking.

 

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Youngsters:
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Dirty dogs!
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@@Whyone? that one photo of the dog with its ears down, IMG 1634, is so interesting - not sure I've seen a wild dog without its ears pricked up before! I like the next one too, IMG 1685 - the dogs look very happy and friendly.

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Hi @@SafariChick

 

There have been a few 'droopy-eared' wild dogs in evidence at Mana over the last few years. It does somehow give them more of a 'domestic' dog look. I have heard a couple of theories as to what is responsible for this - mites is one, the other is a genetic trait, but I dont think anyone actually knows for sure. It certainly doesn't seem to do the dogs any harm.

 

One of the things I love about wild dogs is (at Mana at least) that if you find them out and about (ie away from their dens / very young pups) they really are quite unconcerned about people - I have shared the shade of a tree with them on more than one occasion.

 

To watch the dogs and take he pictures in the 2011set, I was sat on a log less than 10 years away and as you can see, they were totally relaxed.

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A bit of water action (I may have a few more doggies :) )

 

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Lagoon pack, Kwando concession, Botswana Sept 2013.

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Hopefully @@Safaridude will be posting a few pics of the dogs we saw, (at very close quarters), at Sosian...

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the dogs of the big pack from the Selinda concession, Bots in Dec ' 13. Pups would have been 3.5 mos old at the time ( late birth ). Last pic is the alpha female of the big pack

 

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This dog is from the Sabi Sands Jan '14

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Ok, this is really cheating....Chester Zoo, with me in the botton left corner and I'm pretty certain this really is the closest I'll ever get to an African (not so) wild dog.

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here's mine - vumbura March 2 2014

 

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Nxabega, Okavango Delta.

 

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Some young dogs, Sabi Sand, October 2013

 

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South Luangwa NP, November 2013.

 

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Madikwe, October 2013

How I envy people who see wild dogs in sunshine.

 

 

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@@Paul T the light really makes the wild dogs sparkle! brilliant.

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A tranquil scene at Vlei Pan, Madikwe GR is disrupted by the arrival of wild dogs

This was our most memorable sighting from a 3 day stay in Madikwe. Vlei Pan is on the way to the exit gate and we were the only ones there in our VW Polo.

 

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A bit of splashy action. South Luangwa, June, 2012

 

 

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Some more doggies. Sabi Sands July 2013

 

First of three sightings. On our first drive the guide had asked all the new folks what they wanted to see, the couple in the front said lions, the couple in the middle row said leopards, and I said wild dogs. The guide snorted at my request and said, "I'd like to see them too." Two days later was the first of three sightings of this pack.

 

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They were in the process of devouring a female impala.

 

That afternoon we saw them again moving fairly quickly across the concession along one of the sand roads.

 

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Some photos from our final wild dog encounter in Kruger this past July. Unlike the first two sightings in which the dogs were behaving to type and were running around like children at a birthday party, this sighting had the dogs doing their best lion impressions.

 

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We were able to drive right up to the pack without any of them batting an eye. In fact, once we had parked a couple of them got up and surrounded us. On this drive I was sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle as this fellow sauntered by us.

 

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It took every fiber of my self-control to not reach out and try to pet him like my dog at home. He proceeded to relieve his bowels 4 feet from the Land Cruiser. It was so pungent that our guide briefly considered moving, but we were so perfectly situated that he decided not to.

 

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We were rather glad we didn't move because a few moments later he spotted this young bull elephant in the distance, "This might be interesting" was his comment to us. The moment the elie saw the dogs he trumpted and ran right at the pack, scattering the dogs momentarily. For the next few minutes he stomped around and the dogs stayed out of his reach before he eventually wandered off.

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