Wild Dog Antics

Hi folks,

I found the Mapari pack yesterday, for once in a very open area, so managed to get some great views of them.  I spent a long time with them, both in the morning and in the evening just before they went hunting.  A couple of the adults were getting very frisky and I wonder if this will be the next alpha pair (the previous alpha female was killed in a snare). Such a privilege to watch this kind of behaviour…

African wild dogs playing

African wild dogs playing - pre-mating behaviour??

Then in the evening, the pups were the playful ones – two of them spent about 5 minutes holding onto each others tails and going round and round in circles – it was so funny I actually cried laughing!

 African wild dog pups playing before going hunting

African wild dogs playing

The Mapari pack still has all six adults but only 8 pups now: unfortunately 2 are missing – Dudu and Trinity.  Pups of that age shouldn’t leave the pack for any reason, so unfortunately I suspect they have been killed, but you never know and if I’ve learnt anything by working with wild dogs it’s that you can never predict anything!  I’ll let you know if we see either of them again, but in the meantime, we have the 6 adults and Loopy, Biscuit, Milo, Roxy, Macbeth, Simba, Twinspot and Mishmash.

Back soon,


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  1. Posted March 5, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I have never seen puppies play that way together. I’m sure they were having a great time. Thanks for the pics of all the playful dogs. I guess they do have a couple of things in common with our domesticated friends.


  2. paula
    Posted March 5, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Unbelievable photos Rosemary, you should create a flickr album so that we can see more – they are absolutely fabulous! Beautiful animals.

  3. Mariana
    Posted March 18, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Hey Rosemary

    Wow, sounds like you’re doing awesome work up there. I’m working with the Wild Dogs in Kruger National Park and used to work with a pack on a private reserve in KwaZulu Natal. Their behaviour here and at the private place is very different. WHat do you think the chances are of the Wild Dogs from Kruger going all the way to where you are? There’s a pack here that moves 173km in a straight line as far as I know. Could be further. Your thoughts?

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