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Sheena
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Adam, if they are such good hunters, and produce large litters, what is threatening them so severely as a species? Are they prone to disease? or in need of larger hunting grounds?
Great video, the Wildebeest are so “light on their feet” they almost dance!

Adam Bannister
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Hello Sheena…sadly outside of protected areas Wild Dogs have a tendency to be shot, trapped and poisoned due to their ability to hunt domestic stock. Inside of protected areas they are taken out by lion and hyena. They also need huge areas of land to move around in and you are indeed correct about the disease issue. They are prone to mange, canine distemper and rabies.

Sheena
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Thanks Adam, they have such a raw beauty, its good to learn more about them.

Penny Parker
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That is just amazing. Those Wildebeest really stand together in a united front. And agreeing with Shena, its wonderful to see more blogs about the Wild Dogs – they are so distinctly beautiful and unique. So sad that it is their ultimate skill: their hunting prowess, that gets their species in most of its trouble. And the fact that they are prone to disease – heightened by the fact that they have poor hygiene and grooming habits?

Chris Courteau
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Congratulations Adam for this series . Amazing hey ! I know how difficult it is to get these action shots of dogs running like this. Always nice to get such photo opportunity, especially in the green like this !
I’m fascinated by W Dogs. Check-out my web site to see some of my dogs’ pics (but from Botswana).

Kind Regards
Chris

Melanie A
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Some people get to see so much, Wonderful!

I’ve only really seen them at De Wildt where they are bred for re-introduction into the wild.

Rob Severin
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We live in a housing Estate called Raptors View, 1km from Hoedspruit. Wild dogs moved in over a year ago. The estate is only 1000ha but they are quite happy here. There is only plains game with the odd leopard. We opened the gates and let them move onto a larger neighboring reserve a while ago becuase they were having a big impact on the female Nyala. But they are back. Last night my two boys and I watched them on the hunt as they looked for some game and then got into full chase on a duicker. It’s great to live amount wild dog knowling they have choosen this reserve as a safe haven.

Adam Bannister
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Rob that is wonderful news. I really smiled when I read your message. I have not heard of Raptors view but it must be wonderful. It’s very exciting to know that the dogs are still managing in some areas; and like your story suggests some of these areas are quite unexpected! Thanks for the comment

Grant
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This pack seen here on Londolozi has had a really tough time over the last few years.
currently containing 9 dogs. Some of the adult males joined the pack in 2010 from
Lower Sabie Within Kruger National Park. If you are interested in updates of Wild Dog
In Greater KNP follow KNPWildDogs on twitter

Asienwa Isaac John
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This is amazing,its good to watch them chasing each other.

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