Earlier this year at Jaci’s Lodges in Madikwe, South Africa, we were successful with setting our camera traps along the paths that the wild dogs were taking regularly, hoping that patience would pay off.
We had left our camera traps up for a very long time, and although we were able to view the resident pack hunting around camp most evenings, we delayed collecting the camera traps.
The behaviour we were able to witness was incredible.
At around sunset, on a daily basis, the pack would make their way down from the mountain and go on the hunt. Most evenings they were successful with their hunting parties, and the numbers of impala and bushbuck in the area dropped quite quickly.
From the Terrapin Hide, we witnessed numerous kills that occurred from just after sunset, to as late as 21h30. This behaviour was amazing to see, as wild dogs are primarily known to be diurnal (during the day) hunters.
The pack has subsequently moved a few kilometres further away, allowing us to head up and collect the camera traps to see what has been happening over the past couple of months.
What we got was amazing! From the dogs running past (at all hours of the day and night), to confirmation that there are puppies who were coming down to greet the adults after their hunting trips.
This is great news for the wild dogs of Madikwe, and we eagerly await the puppies to start running with the pack.
We guess that the puppies are now about three to four months old, so we suspect that they will be introduced to us soon.