SVC Wild Dog Pack Updates

Hi folks,

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.

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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.

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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.

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I’ll post news on the other packs soon,


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  1. Pirjo
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the update and pictures. It’s never nice to hear that a species, which is struggling to survive loses any individuals. Since following this project there has been a lot worse times for the wild dogs, so compared to those times I’m hopeful that the packs will do better this season. It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful these animals are.

    All the best luck and success for this year.

  2. millian
    Posted January 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    I think what you are doing is awesome. They look so cute with there big ears and I hope you save more pups and help them become un endangered.

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