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Feb 5th, 2010, 11:33 AM
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Ndutu area: Mbwa mwitu Lycaon pictus "painted wolves"

a few hours ago , saw 7 dogs on the shore of lake Masek
5th Feb 2010 (became historical day for me). i have not seen the dogs for many years
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Feb 5th, 2010, 11:36 AM
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Woohoo!!
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Feb 5th, 2010, 12:13 PM
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Wow! That's great news for you AND the dogs!
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Feb 5th, 2010, 01:39 PM
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Great news!
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Feb 5th, 2010, 05:08 PM
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Most exciting and thanks for sharing.
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Feb 5th, 2010, 06:05 PM
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Any photos?
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Feb 5th, 2010, 06:28 PM
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Awesome!!!
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Feb 5th, 2010, 09:37 PM
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Hmm, I think I must have been looking into my crystal ball.

That's great, aby! I hope the rest of your safari is just as excellent.
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Feb 6th, 2010, 10:27 AM
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Leely - no complaits - had some interesting observations
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Feb 9th, 2010, 11:41 PM
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here is a link (i happened to be in the same place and time with a serengeti photographer...)

Serengeti: First Sighting of Wild Dogs in 20 Years
http://www.takepart.com/actions/sere...20-years/52560

plus photos by photographer Uwe Skrzypczak
http://baraza.wildlifedirect.org/201...s-in-20-years/

http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news...d-dogs.html#cr

http://www.serengeti-wildlife.com/wildhunde.php

photographer Uwe Skrzypczak sites:
website: http://www.serengeti-wildlife.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/U.Skrzypczak
Blog:
http://uweskrzypczak.blogspot.com/20...-01022010.html
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Feb 10th, 2010, 12:07 AM
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Wow, wild dogs in the Serengeti, incredible opportunity !
Sadly, considering the high-end equipment used, the photos have been processed very very badly, a shame.
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Feb 10th, 2010, 06:21 PM
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Agree TP, so-so photos, lot of close-ups with poor cropping.

regards - tom
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Feb 28th, 2013, 09:33 AM
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3 years later...

20th Feb 2013, morning, on the road from Serena to Seronera:

a driver of another car told us he's seen ("twenty minutes ago") 9 wild dogs crossing the road and disappear in the bush. it was so sudden no photos were taken...

end of report
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Feb 28th, 2013, 09:43 AM
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if joining reports together in this thread:

2006: sightings in Piaya (east of Serengeti)

http://www.fodors.com/community/afri...-serengeti.cfm

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Feb 28th, 2013, 09:45 AM
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ps - in kenya the dogs were denning recently at Sweet Waters. saw some awesome pictures
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Feb 28th, 2013, 06:17 PM
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Wild dogs seem to be proliferating. Nice to get your sightings 3 years apart, aby.

Are you going to be in the Serengeti for a few more weeks or are you heading out soon?
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Feb 28th, 2013, 07:38 PM
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I hope you're right, atravelynn. They need so much space and they have little chance once they leave protected parks. The pack recently released in Hluhluwe in S Africa didn't survive, one of the few parks large enough to sustain a pack. Two animals that will make me go back - dogs and the ever-elusive pangolin!!
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Feb 28th, 2013, 08:38 PM
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Christabir - when did that happen? We saw a pack of at least 13 wild dogs in Imfolozi last May, I couldn't believe our luck. It was our last day in the park and we decided to take a short drive before having to head to Durban to catch our flight and stopped at a hide. A couple we had talked to the previous day told us they had spotted the dogs just earlier and gave us directions to find them (they were laying a ways off the road in the grass, we would never have spotted them otherwise). Off we went in the opposite direction of the airport and luckily we found them, what a way to end our stay !
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kelly - I'm thrilled and very jealous!! Hluhluwe has a viable population.

There are a few packs in Hluhluwe, but have a small gene pool. Dogs have been released pretty regularly to prevent more inbreeding. I can't find the blog of the researcher who told of his latest release. But from what I remember, 2 males and 2 females were released and three died (due to various reasons). Some dogs "showed up" in Thanda, so a few more were relocated there as well. Due to snare poaching in Mkuze, their dogs have been relocated, too.

We, as safari-goers, need to include wild dogs in the "big five" so the private reserves consider them economically viable. Hate to say it this way, but they need to be worth more alive than dead.

I'm so jealous of everyone who gets the opportunity to see them. Having them in Serengeti is awesome!! I wonder if they were released or just showed up. It's all very exciting. Such an important part of a healthy eco-system. (and I hear they are very fun to watch).
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Mar 1st, 2013, 09:09 AM
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The only game left on my 'must see' list - wild dogs and the pangolin.
When you mention this to your guide, most every one has replied "me to" - goes to show how rare these sightings.
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