This post is a little outdated, but an interesting one none the less.
On the 27 May 2013 Rueben, our head scout, informed us that he had come across Tick’s body. Tick was our oldest male dog, born possibly before 2004. Bite marks to his head, neck and chest cavity indicated that he had been killed by lions. Although sad, we quickly learnt to appreciate the rarity of a wild dog living a long and successful life and dying of natural causes as opposed to accidental snaring, or human persecution. Tick’s death also provided us with a great opportunity to learn more about the biology of wild dogs, and his skull will be used for education purposes amongst our local community schools.
Last week we lost another wild dog as a result of conflict with lion. Forax, the alpha female of the Mapura pack denning on Chishakwe Ranch, was found dead 15m from the den. The cause of death was not immediately apparent as our scout found no obvious tracks or ‘tell-tale’ signs. A post mortem revealed Forax died from a cat bite (most probably lion) at the base of her spine. Fortunately, the pups were weaned and the rest of the pack is continuing to feed and look after the 11 pups well. A few of the pups are pictured below with Tornado, another female in the pack who seems to be a very devoted aunty and is never found far from the pups or the den!
The AWCF Team