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  1. LOL!! Last night, after a long afternoon of reading trip reports, I dreamed I found a serval in the wild. But then, it was a serval with a hyena. You don't belong here, hyena! Then a wild dog popped in. Careful of the hyena! Cheetah... begone! Tiger. What? Tigers don't belong in this ecosystem! Leopards. So beautiful. What is my subconscious telling me? Time to return!
  2. HUNGRY CROC Monday again so here is another Safari-memory, this happened in Botswana October 2010. Early morning Chobe River Photo Safari with private guests in small boat focusing mainly on Birding. After 15min up close to a couple of Saddle-Billed Storks so good start, then just behind them we spotted about 10 Wild Dogs finishing off a Kudu on the beach. Great sighting and no other boats or vehicles around, my guests very pleased. Then this big Croc surfaced next to our boat, crawled up on the beach and headed in direction of the kill. The Wild Dogs not happy and tried to scare off the intruder. The Croc very focused succeeded its mission then crawled back toward us with part of the kill. The Croc seemed very content. I got some good pictures and the whole sequence on Video as well and so far its Nr.4 of my Top10 Croc-sightings. That was a nice morning for Birding Have a nice week! /SAFARILEGEND
  3. On June 22, I received a notification from the Cheetah and Wild Dog Carnivore project about a survey that ended in two Angolan protected areas located in the South of the country called Bicuar and Mupa national parks. The notification was saying that they will be starting shortly another survey in Kissama, located in the North West of the country. The surveys is a large mammal survey based on spoor (tracks) counts, direct observations, questionnaires/interviews and camera trapping. The first and last techniques helped them to make some estimation of densities and populations when the number of spoors where sufficient. Lion: in both parks, lions are absent, excepted some vagrant animals. Its main prey the buffalo is absent of both protected areas. Leopard: present. Cheetah: absent since ages (1970's). Wild dogs: present in both parks with many sightings on camera traps in Bicuar. Abundance estimated at 0,65/100km2 in Bicuar which is very relevant. The state of Mupa is very bad, the Northern part of the park is invaded by people. The authors of the report consider that the park should be re-gazetted but should not be declassified as wild dogs are still present. The authors also report that the management of Bicuar was good, which is a good surprise for me. Such a park should receive help from international donors as it might protect an important stronghold for wild dogs in Angola. Here is the link of the report: https://cheetahandwilddog.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/bicuarmupafinalreport_march2017.pdf The cheetah and wild dog National Action Plan for Angola has been updated in October 2016 to include the last results in the previous report (which execution is part of the Action Plan). Important is to notice that cheetah is reported present Iona National Park from a 2010 survey led by the Cheetah Conservation Fund (based in Namibia) and from South East Angola in Luengue-Luiana and Mavinga National Parks. I do not know if Iona will be included in the current survey. http://www.cheetahandwilddog.org/WP/staging/9849/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/National-Conservation-Strategy-for-Cheetah-and-Wild-Dogs-in-Angola_English_FINAL.pdf
  4. About time we started a Dhole thread given the space dedicated to their african cousins. Here's one of Mum and the Kids, Tadoba India March 2011 One of Mum on her own And from a later encounter the same morning with different dogs, possibly from the same pack All with the E-3 and 50-200mm
  5. For anyone interested in a safari to the Kafue National Park in Zambia check out our new video which should hopefully give those of you who have always wondered what it might actually look or feel like a glimpse in to what is on offer in this truly wild, truly world class wildlife destination... We still have space have space for the 2016 season (although September/October is all but full) and as such if you need a little nudge to get away on safari this year and are looking for something a little different to the 'norm' then feel free to contact me for more information and for special offers... With warm regards from the Kafue! Tyrone McKeith info@jefferymckeith.com www.jefferymckeith.com +26 0974173403 tyrone.mckeith (skype)
  6. Annabelle Carey of Laikipia Wilderness is hosting an evening sale of African wildlife art and photography, with drinks at Patrick Mavros’s beautiful shop in London on 1st September. Professor Rosie Woodroffe will be giving a talk and slideshow about African Wild Dogs, a unique and wonderful species which is critically endangered and amazing animals. This will be a fun and interesting evening as well as a wonderful chance to see some of the best wildlife art from Africa and from artists who visit Africa every year to gather inspiration. All profits from the art sale go to the Laikipia Wild Dog project which Laikipia Wilderness work closely with gathering wild dog sightings in Laikipia. The project has been running for 16 years and keeping this unit going is an ongoing challenge. Their work provides an incredible insight into the lives of the wild dog, and monitors the threats which have caused their dramatic decline in recent years such as domestic dog diseases encroaching into wilderness areas, human/animals conflict which leads to people killing them, and random snaring. This is the fastest growing population of wild dogs in Africa and it is crucial this area is protected in order for them to survive the challenges of an ever increasing human population. Each year Laikipia Wilderness hosts professional photographers from all over the world to photograph the dogs and are so lucky to follow them hunting almost daily. On 1st September there will be about 60 pieces of artwork for sale by well known wildlife artists such as Dominique Salm, Annabel Pope, Karen Laurence-Rowe, Sophie Standing, David Maiden, Murray Grant, Paul Joynson-Hicks, Paul Wild, Albie Venter, Richard Carey, David Mbugua, Henrietta Jordan, Catherine Ingleby, Flora de Winton, Alex Sypratos, Hilary Hann, Lin Barrie and David Cox. The work spans a huge range of mediums from watercolour, oil on canvas, fabric embroidered with wild dogs stitched into a painting, bronze sculptures, ink sketches and photographs printed on canvas. Please do come and invite any of your friends who might enjoy this fascinating evening, a chance to buy some wonderful pieces of art in aid of conservation.
  7. With the last pack reintroduced, the wild dog reintroduction program is completed, with about 125 wild dogs in 7 packs reintroduced in the emblematic national park. There are an estimated 325 wild dogs in the greater Serengeti. http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=88983
  8. This will be some kind of report about my recent trip to India, but please note that I am not planning to make this the typical day by day, drive by drive trip report. I know people say that and then they do anyway and I suppose that could happen, but I really dont expect to do so, one reason being that this did not feel like a typical safari, at least not compared to my African safaris. In general, the sightings were fewer and harder to come by than Id come to expect in Africa, and even than Id come to expect from India trip reports on Safaritalk. But then we also knew we were going at not the prime viewing time either. December is winter in India, and the monsoon season was only over a couple of months. That meant there could still be water inside the forest, so animals did not have to come out of the forest to the permanent water holes to drink as frequently. ITINERARY Dec. 4 arrive Delhi 11 a.m. overnight at LemonTree, near airport Dec 5-8 four nights at Chitvan Jungle Lodge, Kanha National Park Dec. 9-12 four nights Svasara Lodge, Tadoba National Park Dec 13-14 KolKata 2 nights to attend wedding Dec. 15 fly home I was in India from December 4 through December 15 with @@Kitsafari and her lurker husband, H. They live much closer, in Singapore, so for them it was a 6-hour flight to get there, but for me I had to leave on December 2 and have an almost 6-hour layover at Heathrow so I ended up traveling about 24 hours, not counting the time getting to the airport near home. I did use frequent flier miles so I might have found a slightly better itinerary if I hadnt. I will tell about the first 24 hours or so in a bit of detail as things didnt quite go according to plan and itturned into a bit of an adventure! I arrived at about 11 a.m. and used the e-VISA I had obtained not long beforeleaving (Thanks to Kit again for the inadvertent heads up about the fact that I needed one!) and was met by Abhishek from WWI, an energetic and always smiling fellow, very pleasant to be around. He had his driver take us to our hotel, just about 5 minutes away. He got me checked in so I didnt have to do anything. It was a very nice hotel. I had some lunch in the hotel restaurant, a 3-hour nap, and then met up with Vikram of WWI along with Abhishek in the lobby and had a nice chat. Later I came down to have dinner and ran into Kit and H who had just arrived, so they joined me at the restaurant. Abhishek had told us we needed to leave for the airport for our flight to Jabalpur at 6 a.m. and he arranged for the hotel to give us a wake up call at 5:30. We would take a box breakfast with us to the airport. I think I went to sleep a bit after midnight. He said he would not be there but his driver would take us. At what seemed like the middle of the night, the phone rang, waking me with a start and finding me feeling very disoriented. I figured it was my wake-up call from the hotel, and answered. But instead I hear Abhisheksvoice. He tells me that theres been a change of plans. The night before, a plane that had landed at Jabalpur, the airport to which we were to fly to begin our safari, and was taxing when a herd of wild boar ran onto the runway. The plane hit one or more boars, sustaining damage and skidding off the runway! Luckily no humans were injured, but I later learned that at least seven boars were killed and the plane was badly damaged. Heres an article about the incident: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/jabalpur-wild-boars-on-runway-send-spicejet-plane-off-it/story-anT1H1WeZ1it9QcH1YOcfM.html Apparently this was the very plane that would have taken us to Jabalpur the next day but beside that problem, authorities closed the Jabalpur airport for three days to investigate the incident I suppose! Abhishek told us he had luckily seen a report of the incident while his wife was flipping tv channels just before he went to bed and had ended up staying up all night to rearrange things for us! He did receive a text about it later but he probably would have been asleep and not seen it til morning and wed be in a pickle. So hed arranged for us to fly instead to Nagpur which would be a 5-6 hour drive to Kanha rather than a 3-4 hour drive from Jabalpur. Also, the flight was leaving Delhi 2 hours earlier. Oh, I said. What time is it now? Its about 3:30 he replied. OH. No wonder I was so disoriented Id napped maybe 3 hours. Good thing I had that other 3-hour nap! Kit and H had received a similar call So we got up and got ready in a hurry and went off to the airport. We had no time for coffee on the way, so when we arrived we were pretty anxious to get a cup before the 5-6 hour drive. We were picked up by a driver whod been arranged by WWI and asked him if he knew of a place we could get a cup of coffee on the way. He said yes, there was a place about five minutes away. We drove off and he pulled up to a beautiful hotel, a Raddison Blu. He suggested we get a cup of coffee and meet him back outside in about ten minutes. We went in hoping they would have some kind of quick place to get just coffee but the only option was their full restaurant. After we ordered, it seemed to take forever for the coffees to come at least half an hour! So this ended up being probably a 45-minute stop. We got back on the road and had an interesting drive dodging around motorcycles, some of which were ridden by 3-4 people (some with one or two children as part of that number) and some of which had a woman riding side-saddle and wearing a sari with flowing fabric hanging off the back. I was constantly worried one of these women would get fabric from her sari caught in the wheel or some other part of the motorcycle, a la Isadora Duncan, the dancer, who died tragically when a flowing scarf became entangled with the wheel of the car in which she was riding. Fortunately, I did not witness any such incident. As @@Kitsafari and H will attest to, I am an anxious person, especially in cars. I do have some reason for this, having been in a car accident in which my aunt was killed. Perhaps India is not the best place for me as driving there is quite anxiety-provoking for me! The other aspect besides many obstacles in the road that was challenging for me was the constant honking of horns. Mind you, I grew up in Manhattan so I am no stranger to traffic, aggressive driving and horns. But this was on another level! I found it amusing that many trucks have bumper stickers saying Please Honk! I think it is kind of a method of communication on the road saying Hey, Im about to pass you! or Hey, Im zooming up on your side, so just be aware that I will soon be right next to you with less than an inch between us! Here's a shot from the drive: After some time driving, our driver stopped and we learned the reason was we had a flat tire. He seemed to fix it fairly quickly and we were back on our way. But then a short time later, he pulled over again at a tire repair stand of sorts. This was a longer stop, maybe about half an hour, as he wanted to get the tire properly repaired as we still had a long journey ahead. Needless to say, by the time we arrived at Chitvan, we were quite happy to finally be there! There was time fora quick lunch, dropping off our bags, and then we met up with our guide, Rajen, and we were off to our first game drive.
  9. Last Chance Safaris has put some different itineraries together for 2016. Our emphasis is as much on conservation as it is on getting that unique picture in a phenomenal setting. All our trips do more than just search out the big game. Our participants also get to meet and interact with the conservationists who are actively involved in saving many of Africa's most endangered animals. Our Painted Wolves Expedition explores Zimbabwe's best wild dog destinations, including Hwange, and culminates in the magical Chitake Springs of Mana Pools. Remote and unique the chance of footing it with wild dog (and other predators) is high. The Great Apes Expedition is more than just gorillas & chimps. We take a tour of beautiful Uganda off the tourists' beaten track. Starting with Kidepo Valley National Park (voted by CNN as in the top 3 of Africa's national parks!) and ending with a bang high up in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for two gorilla treks. Chimps, forest elephant, shoebill and a variety of primates are all to be seen - not to mention some of Africa's best birding. Want to walk with Rhino? Our Rhino Expedition takes participants on a walking safari that focuses on these critically endangered animals. Hwange, Matusadona, Matopos or Pamushana - all fantastic wildlife locations in their own right, but also the strongholds for Zimbabwe's rhino population. Big cats and elephants your thing? Try out the Africa's Giants Expedition. From the Chobe to the Okavango, we visit the best Botswana destinations to get a fill of lion, leopard, cheetah, and of course elephants. A mix of national park and private concession ensures that the best areas are covered. You can contact us directly through Safaritalk, by emailing reservations@lastchancesafaris.com, or via our contact form.
  10. This is a video clip from a live safari drive broadcast on wildearth.tv on the internet of the afternoon/sunset drive on November 13. I didn't see it live but this clip is exciting to watch. A herd of elephants is NOT happy with the wild dogs' presence and the dogs are just trying to get a little water to drink. Enjoy! (it goes on for about 17 minutes but I find it worth it to watch the whole thing).
  11. Just received my pin benefiting Wildlife Vets International - I didn't expect it to be so cool. I got this for a small donation via moderator @@kittykat23uk Thank you to Jo for taking the time and trouble to pick it up and send it. Will be wearing this today and spreading the word.
  12. Quoted from the Range Wide Conservation Program for Cheetahs and African Wild Dogs Facebook page. I guess they will publish on the same page the advances of the project.
  13. In the "better late than never" category, I thought it was about time I repaid the forum by presenting a trip report. I confess, I do not keep any kind of daily diary--any free time on a trip is taken up with photographing, downloading and backing up photos. The photos are my diary! So this won't be a day-by-day, drive-by-drive account, but I'll try to hit the highlights on a camp-by-camp basis. This trip to Botswana came about rather side-ways; we were planning Zambia, not really thinking we could afford Botswana, since I'd always heard how pricey it is. But we soon discovered that our time frame--which would afford us low-season rates, mid-to-late November--could be excruciatingly hot in Zambia. We were working with Bill Givens at Wildsource, and he suggested that for similar money we could do Green Season in Botswana. Okay! We'd read much about how "easy" it is to see Wild Dogs in the Okavango camps, and that was high on my list of "most wanted", since after three prior African trips we'd yet to see one. We are also pretty serious birders and wanted to get some specialty birds like Carmine Bee-eater and Pel's Fishing Owl. To make a long story short, we ended up with three nights in each of four camps: Kwara, Lagoon, Duma Tau, and Xigera. We were hesitant about Xigera because it offered less chance of big predators (or so we thought--more on that later but included it for the birds. And surprisingly it turned out to be our absolute favorite of all the camps we visited. On our way to Kwara! Kwara was our first camp and first experience in Botswana, and things started out slowly and a bit disappointingly. Naturally, as soon as we arrived we inquired about the dogs, which had been making a great show of it all summer. Of course, they had moved off and hadn't been seen in a week Oh well, there is lots more to see! Lions! Leopard! And lots of birds! Well....Kwara was slow. Really slow. It was extremely hot...inside our tent on one afternoon break my thermometer read 104F. Ouch! I spent the break sitting on the porch pouring cold water over my head. But we did get some lovely sights of non-predators, and birds. Here are a few highlights: We did find one sleepy lion--the only lion we saw at Kwara: And one Spotted Hyena on a night drive: And some birds....I spotted this guy outside our room as I was sitting on the porch pouring water over my head That's probably enough for one post, to be continued....
  14. Sophy Roberts articles about Nomad Camp in Zakouma highlights the particular atmosphere of Zakouma compared to Eastern and Southern Africa safaris. She says APN has expansion plan to secure area reaching Siniaka Mina to secure area for elephants. APN has plans to reintroduce black rhinos in Zakouma as well as wild dogs in Siniaka Minia (western black rhinos went extinct so I guess they would reintroduce another sub-specie) "Labuschagne now wants to secure a new area, Siniaka-Minia (already a national reserve) and the buffer zone in between, to create space for Zakouma’s elephants. A bigger, safer range will also allow for the reintroduction of wild dogs and even rhino, planned for April. “Come spring, Zakouma will be the closest ‘Big Five’ park to Europe,” says Labuschagne." http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/c5a7e0de-a556-11e4-ad35-00144feab7de.html#slide0 APN has huge plans for Chad in the Sudani region as well the Ennedi plateau area, where a MoU was signed few weeks ago with the Chadian government to make a new protected area. They are working in marketing to promote Zakouma as a premier destination, and will transform Zakouma as the closest big 5 safari to Europe. Colin Bell Zakouma's article in Africageographic: http://africageographic.com/blog/blown-away-by-zakouma-national-park/
  15. I just got this in the mail from Chilo... thought I'd post it on here for all of you heading to Zim this summer in case you can sneak it. Not badly priced and transport can be arranged directly with Chilo. African Wild Dog and Painted Wolf Wine Weekend 10 – 14 July 2015 The weekend is designed to offer our guests in depth information on the African Wild Dog, pristine wilderness experience in the Gonarezhou National Park, encounters with the famous big Tuskers, all combined with excellent wine pairings and tastings. A guideline for the weekend: 10th July 2015 1400 hours arrival at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge. Welcome drink and check in. 1500 hours Guided Tour of the Mahenye Village & bird/nature walk in the Sand Forrest. 1800 hours Shangaan Dancers & wine tasting. 1830 hours Slide Show and Presentation by Jeremy Borg. Dinner and wine pairing. 11th July 2015 0700 hours Breakfast 0800 hours Full Day Excursion to the Sandstone Chilojo Cliffs. Picnic lunch and wine pairing. 1700 hours Sundowners & Slide Show and Presentation by Clive Stockil. Dinner and wine pairing 12th July 2015 0630 hours Tea/Coffee and pastries in the lounge 0700 hours early morning game drive into the Gonarezhou National Park 1130 hours Champagne Brunch & wine pairing 1430 hours High Tea 1530 hours 2,5km walk to the Falls for Sundowners and wine tasting. 1830 hours Slide Show and Presentation by Rosemary Groom/Jessica Watermeyer Dinner and wine pairing. 13th July 2015 0730 hours Breakfast 0830 hours Full Day Game Drive in the Gonarezhou National Park – picnic lunch and wine pairing at the pans. 1630 hours Save River Beach Sundowners with wine tasting and snacks. Dinner and wine pairing 14th July 2015 Early morning game drive or at leisure. Depart Chilo with a packed lunch. Price USD 1,500.00 per person Inclusive of: 4 nights Luxury Accommodation, All meals, Drinks (excl. premium range), Wine Tasting and Pairing with Jeremy and Emma Borg from Painted Wolf Wines Guiding with Clive Stockil Wild Dog Guiding & Presentations by Rosemary Groom/Jessica Watermeyer Teas & Coffee National Parks Entry Fees USD 50.00 per person per day donation to African Wildlife Conservation Fund Exclusive of: Transport to and from Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge Premium Drinks
  16. We have been to South Africa many times. This began long before our safari addiction. We started off with a few days here and there in game reserves and private lodges. However, last year, after having been to Etosha and discovering that Government-run camps aren’t too bad, we thought that we’d give the Kruger a go. Having just moved house, it was the only way we could justify a safari whilst we were in RSA, with the added bonus of more nights for less cost. We enjoyed it so much, that we decided to do it again. Granted you don’t get the luxurious rooms and gourmet food, but it is very cheap and you are in charge of your game drive, so if you want to watch the birds for an hour you can. Equally, if you have seen something good earlier, you can return to the same spot. Obviously it means you don’t have the guiding network behind you, but not having to share a vehicle has many advantages! This year we reversed the route, to fit in with our friends’ schedule (whose home we use as a base in Jo’berg). So we entered via the Phaloborwa gate to Letaba, then Satara, Skukuza and Berg-en-Dal and out of the Malelane gate. This meant we went from the sparser game and game viewers area of the central KNP into the more densly populated (human and otherwise) southern areas. Also, last year we stayed in Lower Sabie, but their restaurant was closed for refurbishment and as there is only so much “slumming it” I will put up with, we omitted it this year! I do enough cooking at home, not on holiday as well. So this year we substituted Skukuza. I wasn’t keen, given it is such a large camp, but I now realise that this is not important in the scheme of things. Last year we just caught the aftermath of the flooding. Although all gates were open, we were restricted to the tar roads for over half of our trip and several picnic sites were closed. This year the floods were much later, but instead we had the rain L Itinerary Letaba 22-23/1/14 - 2 nights Satara 24-26/1/14 - 3 nights Skukuza 27-28/1/14 - 2 nights Berg-en-Dal 29-30/1/14 - 2 nights I managed to squeeze in an extra night compared to last year, which we added to Satara
  17. I know this is an almost impossible question but in July 2015 I'm planning to do a trip from Windhoek to Vic Falls. 3 to 4 weeks. I have seen a lot but never Wild Dogs. They are to most important animals that I haven't seen. Where would you recommend me to go? Savuti in Botswana? Anywhere in Zimbabwe near Vic Falls? Etosha?
  18. Hi all! I hereby announce the first ever Kafue Carnivore Week! August 19th – 26th 7 nights $3999 *8 spaces remaining Spend a week with the Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) along with Phil Jeffery and Tyrone McKeith of Musekese Camp, learning about and viewing the carnivore species of the Kafue National Park! Each day has a carnivore specific activity and this unique opportunity will give you the best chance for some special sightings! The ZCP has been operating in Zambia since 1998, carrying out important conservation and research activities alongside the Zambian Wildlife Authorities (ZAWA). Initially the ZCP set out to help conserve the African wild dog but has now expanded to all large carnivore species across Zambia and to applied research activities, anti-poaching support and habitat based ecological work. The ZCP team is based in the park and thrilled to be able to accompany you on this one-off safari and share their work in the Kafue with you. Phil & Tyrone of JM Safaris are both graduates of the renowned Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, and will also have valuable input this week contributing to your understanding of the Kafue ecosystem. During this week you will spend time with Eli Rosenblatt the ZCP coordinator and his team. Activities will include tracking, learning about ecological survey techniques in the field, including lion identification and prey surveys, and attending lectures and discussion groups. This safari gives you a chance to gain exclusive insights into the day-to-day work of the ZCP conservation programme. For more information please email us at: info@jefferymckeith.com or visit our website. http://www.jmsafaris-zambia.com/safari/kafue-carnivore-week/
  19. On The Edge Acrylic on Canvas 24x30” by Alison Nicholls During my visit to the Painted Dog Conservation project in Zimbabwe, I spent time with Esther van der Meer who was conducting research on the painted dogs (also known as African wild dogs, Lycaon pictus). We spent several days visiting waterholes both inside and outside Hwange National Park while she recorded details of kudu & impala, the main prey species for the dogs in this area. I was only present for a very small part of Esther's research but I was interested in knowing her findings so after she completed and successfully defended her Doctoral Thesis, she sent me a copy. This painting was based on her work. Is the Grass Greener on the Other Side? Testing the Ecological Trap Hypothesis for African Wild Dogs in and around Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. *************** On The Edge shows Painted Dogs (African wild dogs, Lycaon pictus) leaving Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, and entering the buffer zone - a mix of commercial farms, communal areas, trophy hunting & photographic safari areas which border the park. The right-hand side of the painting represents the national park while the left-hand side represents the buffer zone. The border of the painting consists of the spoor (tracks) of kudu, impala, lion, hyena, people and vehicles. Painted dogs in this area are choosing to live in the buffer zone rather than in relative safety of the national park. Research has shown that both the national park and the buffer zone contain similar densities of the dogs’ main prey species, impala and kudu but the buffer zone contains more dense vegetation. This results in higher hunting success and shorter chases, leading to better fed dogs and larger litters of pups. Lions and hyenas, which may steal kills, or even kill dogs & their pups, are also less likely to be encountered in the buffer zone. On The Edge illustrates this with consistent numbers of impala and kudu tracks throughout, but more lion and hyena tracks inside the national park (right-hand side of painting). Dogs use these seemingly sound ecological clues when making decisions about where to live and hunt. As a result they are abandoning safer habitat inside Hwange National Park, selecting territories inside or close to the buffer zone and thereby exposing themselves to increased human activity. This is illustrated in On The Edge by the people & vehicle tracks which are only found in the buffer zone (left-hand side of painting). Dogs in the buffer zone are being snared, shot and run over on the roads at a rate faster than they can reproduce, however they seem unable to take humans and the danger of being near them, into account when deciding to live in or near the buffer zone. How can conservationists use this research to help dogs survive this Ecological Trap? Forcibly keeping dogs inside the national park would require a fence, which would restrict the movement of other species. Altering the vegetation density and lion/hyena numbers inside the park to entice dogs to stay there, would be a daunting task and would have ramifications for the entire habitat. One viable conservation option is to make the buffer zone safer for dogs and other species by reducing snares, limiting speed limits on roads and educating people about living with dogs - all of which are areas of focus for the Painted Dog Conservation project. On the Edge was inspired by Dr van der Meer’s 2011 Doctoral Thesis Is the Grass Greener on the Other Side? Testing the Ecological Trap Hypothesis for African Wild Dogs in and around Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. 30% of the proceeds from the sale of the painting will be donated to the Painted Dog Conservation project to help make the buffer zone safer for Painted Dogs. Alison Nicholls www.NichollsWildlifeArt.com
  20. The Selinda Reserve, in northern Botswana, has become the wild-dog hotspot of Africa. Three wild-dog packs of 17 adults have denned with 22 puppies in 2013. This is exceptional and has left experienced guides and researchers absolutely in awe at what has transpired. Each year we anticipate one of the most exciting seasons, when our resident wild dog pack, The Selinda Pack, dens. This normally occurs in June or July and the result has been as many as 15 puppies from just the one alpha female. However, the 2013 behaviour, interaction and splintering of the Selinda Pack and neighbouring packs from adjacent concessions has produced activity that is not only remarkable on a local scale, but perhaps unheard of continent-wide among wild dog enthusiasts and researchers alike. Selinda Reserve is now home to three resident packs and, not only that, the denning calendar and alpha female dynamics are in total disarray and hunting has taken on new proportions. Read the full story and get to know The Selinda Pack, The Mopane Pack and The Makoba Pack; it reads like a Quentin Tarantino movie script with dogs possibly called Mr. Orange, Mr. Brown, Mr. Black, Mr. Orangey/Brown with a bit of Black and White, a few alpha females and perhaps a ripped ear in a fight or two.
  21. Hi! I was wondering if there is anywhere online that I can find out recent sightings and updates about Wild Dogs in Northern Tanzania? I know sometimes they'll hang out in Tarangire for a while, or Loliondo, or even Manyara or Lake Ndutu.. I also know that often if they are settled in a certain area they will stay there for a while, facilitating the search for them since they are one of the rarer safari species in the area. Is there such source? I also told my Safari company that we are interested in seeing them, but I also told them we are interested in seeing 10s of other animals, some more rare than the wild dogs... So the more homework I can do to help my guide help me see as many different animals as possible - the better. Thanks in advance!!! :-D Tomes

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