Are there any in the vicinity of the Nkorho Pan?
African Wild Dogs
That is excellent news Sylvia - when I worked there in 2002, they hadnt seen dogs for about 10 years and werent confident that they would ever see them again. The warden and many of the guides blamed the decimation of the population on the large human and domestic dog population on the edges of the reserve.
I guess that this pack came in from the Serengeti which as far as I am aware has a relatively healthy population.
Cerinthe, in a way these 3 dogs are already a pack. I know only 3 dogs were seen, however it were 2 males and 1 female and that means they are already a, no matter how small, breeding pack. The only question is when will there be pups.
Wild dogs split from a pack by gender. The males and females that leave a pack each go their way as seperate groups. The male group will seek a non related female group and the female group a non related male group. When found a pack is establish.
In this case it could have been a single female that seperated from her pack which met with 2 males from another pack.
Ingwe, you are welcome. There is a lot of information about wild dogs available these days. There are quite some projects running concerning wild dogs. There are already successful breeding programs in various parks. And yes I do hope their mumber will continue to grow.
Meagan, yes it is awesom news. Now beside the uncomfirmed reports of wild dogs on the Masai Mara there is finally one backed up with photos.
That is such awesome news!
Sylvia, thanks so much for all the info. That is such good news about the sighting in the Masai Mara, I really hope they continue to grow in numbers and thrive.
Sylvia, very interesting and good news, will you keep us updated about these wild dogs? Will they establish a pack now or what could there destiny be?
But there are wild dogs on the Masai Mara, it has been confirmed November this year. Though it was believed by many there were no longer wild dogs on the Masai Mara, there have been a few unconfirmed sightings. This time, November 15th 2006, however they were spotted and photographed by a guide.
In this article they speak of the return of the wild dog. http://www.magicalkenya.com/default.nsf/0/8079FCFE789FE6774325724300322F6E?opendocument&l=1
I am aware that there are still wild dogs in Kenya, but they are no longer found in the Masai Mara.
Wow, thank you all for this information, guys
What an incredible experiance, Landi. I'm extremely jealous
In preparation for an upcoming trip to Sabi Sands, I have been monitoring a few lodge websites
Lion Sands Lodge reports a recent Xmas wild dog pack sighting.
Sorry to have to jump in here, but there are still wild dogs in Kenya, actually there are several action plans ongoing.
Of these I know:
Anyone interested in the dogs can read the 1997 Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan, the African Wild Dog compiled by Woodroffe, Ginsberg and Macdonald an 182 pages report in pdf format. http://www.canids.org/PUBLICAT/AWDACTPL/african_wild_dog_AP.pdf