What is it with wild dogs?

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Nov 5th, 2005, 02:00 PM
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What is it with wild dogs?

Why do wild dogs seem to hold such an attraction, even above and beyond many of the other amazing wildlife species in Africa?

I should be able to contribute an answer to this, since I am equally fascinated. Maybe their rarity, their cooperation as a pack?

Interested in others' thoughts.

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Nov 5th, 2005, 05:43 PM
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hey lynn,
i think you hit a few good reasons. the top 5 for me are:

1. there are only a few thousand left so awesome to see

2. very active predators so if you watch them you are likely to see some great action (not sleeping)

3. hunting cooperation, every hunt ive seen was military precise

4. scrappy little guys so u always root for the underdog (no pun intended) versus hyenas and lions

5. those huge ears
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Nov 7th, 2005, 02:51 AM
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All of the above. They weren't very "sexy" for many years. And we must all be eternally grateful to those who made/make it their life's work to study the behaviour, and lobby on behalf of, a species that has been hard pressed.

But I suspect the real reason they are so fashionable is that you now cannot go "on safari" and go home without having footage on your video camera, or shots on your state-of-the-art digi.

But that's all to the good, or course.

It's now the "Big 6" not the "Big 5".

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Nov 7th, 2005, 12:47 PM
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I am drawn to them because of their wonderful social structure. I also appreciate the fact that when they are around their is usually lots going on. Of course the rarity factor makes them very special, but I think it is more about how they interact than anything else.
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Nov 7th, 2005, 01:46 PM
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I'll be honest: until this forum I did not know of wild dogs. Now I am captivated by them for all of the above reasons. They are just stunning. I sooooo hope to see them next year in Zambia.
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Nov 7th, 2005, 01:57 PM
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Ditto. You just have to look at them - they are so cool to look at. Such amazing creatures. Their social activities/interactions are quite amazing to observe as well. They're a must on my next trip - hope to get there before the masses.
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Nov 7th, 2005, 03:51 PM
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For me it's that they put the pups first. That the last to eat has the responsibility to get everyone up for the next hunt....their behavior rules seem to be based on brains over brawn.

They are so amazingly beautiful. The colors of their coats remind me of etruscan mosaics, but each one is uniquely abstract.

And last, BUT NOT LEAST. They are masters of the quick kill, in my VERY limited experience. I think in part it is partly due to their prey not being HUGE. I hate hearing the cries of death. It's being able to hear the fear and the pain I have no need to experience.

My first favorite are the eles and I wish I could bring a pair of wart hogs home ;D

Oh, jeeze....now you've got me all yearning to get back to Botswana damnit!!!
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Nov 7th, 2005, 04:26 PM
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for me, it was to beat Rocco at seeing the wild dogs. once I saw them I was transfixed by their beauty, speed, the look-out dogs, playfulness, their "packing" and the fact I have a dog and it was amazing that wild dogs have some of the same traits and habits as my spoiled rotten tame dog!
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Nov 8th, 2005, 05:43 AM
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Which park would be the best place to catch glimse of these guys?
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Nov 8th, 2005, 05:47 AM
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In South Africa:
Kruger National Park, The Madikwe game reserve & The Pilanesburg.
In Botswana: Practically anywhere, but better areas are in the Magkadigadi Pans area, The Moremi, and northern Botswana, Kwando concession and across the Linyanti & Savuti areas.
In Zambia: Best is the South Luangwa valley.
In Tanzania: A vvariety, but good in the Selous.
In Kenya: Laikipia Wilderness.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 07:20 AM
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Dogs are doing quite well in Zimbabwe also.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 04:06 PM
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Have any Fodorites seen dogs in either Tanzania or Kenya recently.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 04:08 PM
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I believe Nyamera saw them in Samburu in June.
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Nov 9th, 2005, 05:50 AM
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I didn't, but friends of mine staying at Loisaba in Liakipia saw them there, about 15.
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Nov 9th, 2005, 10:12 AM
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Yes, in the morning of 16 June, quite unexpectedly a pack of 7 dogs came trotting along the river looking like they wanted to cross it. They were on the Buffalo Springs side. They disappeared out of sight for I while and then we saw them again only a few metres from the vehicle. They showed some interest in a big congregation of marabous.

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Nov 14th, 2005, 10:35 AM
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There is only about 1300 wild dog in the Selous.
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Nov 14th, 2005, 11:27 AM
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Wow: 25% of the entire population, phenomenal!
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Nov 14th, 2005, 12:55 PM
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Yep.And 50,000 to 60,000 elephants, around 50% of the total in Tanzania and maybe 10% of the total world population. As well as 3000 - 4000 lions.
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Nov 15th, 2005, 11:45 AM
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I hadn't heard there were that many Dogs in Selous, and most reports have stated none in Kenya for a long time, so their appearance there is great news.
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Nov 15th, 2005, 12:01 PM
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Good info.
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