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Amy Attenborough

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Amy worked at Londolozi from 2014 to 2017, guiding full time before moving into the media department, where her photographic and story-telling skills shone through. Her deep love of all things wild and her spiritual connection to Africa set her writing and guiding ...

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on The Power of the Collective: What We Can Learn from the Pack

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Ezequiel Almada
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Good article. I always liked the cohesion a pack of wild dogs have.
I, however, prefer the competitive model of the male Lions. They have no problem using their claws and fangs to settle something with their brothers(food, girls) and yet they have the strongest bond that I have witnessed.

Marinda Drake
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Amazing blog Amy. Wild dogs must be my favourite predator. Love watching these highly endangered animals. So fortunate when you get a opportunity to view them. Stunning video

greg du toit
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Awesome article. Love and agree with your observations about the wild dog!

Ian Hall
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Yes I did at Londolozi on the very last game drive. I recounted it as “A tale of two game drives”. Their hunt reminded me of a pheasant beat, where the birds (i.e. the game) are driven by a concerted action.
I have seen them hunt in Botswana and Ruaha (Tanzania) but this was the first successful hunt.
A great piece of driving by Simon Smit.

Amy Attenborough
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Ian I’m so glad that you had such a fabulous experience with the wild dogs here. Here is the link to your blog for anyone who wants to read it again http://blog.londolozi.com/2014/10/a-tale-of-two-incredible-game-drives/. I loved your photograph of the one dog leaping over the other. It really does perfectly capture the excitement the pack exudes when they’re at play.

Wendy Hawkins
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Totally agree with you on this Amy. They are amazing animals to watch, before & after the kill! If only Man would learn & take note from the animal kingdom!! Thank you

barbara sanders
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I saw a pack on a kill at Tswalu. We had followed them throughout the afternoon. As the sun disappeared they traveled down the road and we were behind. Nicole wanted me to catch their distinctive odor, which I did. It was sharp, astringent and in a way clean. Nicole told me that they urinate on each other, thus the odor. She radioed to the wild life manager who had been monitoring us, that I liked the smell. He understood because his response was “comforting!” I enjoyed your observations, Amy, especially the quote by Rumi.

Amy Attenborough
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Barbara, you’re right. Wild dogs definitely do have an unmistakable pungent odour, that if you enjoy spending time with the animals, you can appreciate.

Mary Beth Wheeler
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We followed 2 different packs when we were last at Londolozi in ’13. The breakneck speed with which they traveled the bush and pursued their prey was extraordinary! We saw a successful kill and, Amy, your comments about their cooperation, both during pursuit and while devouring the result, are spot on! We’re packing our bags and will arrive next week, looking forward to seeing more dogs and meeting you!

Amy Attenborough
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Mary thank you for sharing. Sadly I won’t be here to meet you next week as I will be on leave but I trust you’ll have a fabulous time here and all the best with your pursuit of the dogs. I really do hope you manage to get to see them again!

Ann Seagle
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Such a well written piece. I keep going back to this blog. U describe the scene so vividly, that I felt I was there. Great video also!

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