We are just managing to catch up with all the wild dog packs in Save Valley Conservancy after a couple of weeks off. Unfortunately, although sadly predictably, most of the packs have lost at least one pup in the last month or so, but in general pup survival has actually been extremely good.
The Batanai Pack has lost 3 pups in total so far, 2 within the last month. All adults have survived however, and the pack now numbers 18: 11 adults and 7 pups.
The Bedford Splinter Pack has lost just one pup and now numbers 11; 4 adults and 7 pups. They’ve done a pretty good job to raise all but one of their pups to this stage, because they are a small pack and it’s only the alpha female’s second litter; her last one she didn’t manage to raise any pups successfully.
The Mapura Pack, the pack whose home range is mainly on Chishakwe Ranch, sadly seems to have lost one adult and one pup since mid December. They are now 12 in total, 6 adults and 6 pups.
The Pita Pack is still 8 adults – they only formed their pack last year and didn’t den, but we are hoping they will do so this year.
I’ll post news on the other packs soon,