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Rob Jeffery

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Rob joined the Londolozi team at the start of 2017. Having grown up on a farm in the Cape and spending many holidays traveling Southern Africa he developed a love for the outdoors and an appreciation for the natural world. After completing a ...

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on How are Wild Dogs like Dwarf Mongooses?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Love your blogs Rob. Always something new to learn. Interesting comparing wild dogs and mongoose. I did not know they that they are so similar.

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

I have seen a wild dog hunt and kill (Londolozi) two lion kills and a cheetah kill, I also saw an impala birth and that rates as a memory just as much as the hunts and kills.

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

So interesting, Rob. Last time we were in the Bush we seemed to be in unit where our neighbours were a sizeable pack of Dwarf Mongooses. Fascinating little animals and I could watch them for hours at a time. There were about 15 – 20 in the one group and further out in the Bush there was another Group of similar size. However -we have never actually seen a pack of Wild Dogs – yet. We feel deprived. Wendy M

Denise Vouri
Master Tracker

Well, a mongoose pounce and kill is more exciting than watching a frog go for a bug in the eyes of kids. Sounds like a successful drive on all levels. Thank you for your informative narrative related to mongooses and wild dogs.

Sorry for also slightly digressing…… As a regular reader of the Londolozi blogs, I note with much pleasure and excitement the rather frequent return of stories about wild dogs, cheetahs and ostriches (last year). What’s next James?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Jacqueline!
Given that the ostriches have been mating, hopefully another story about a successful nest!
We saw a pack of 6 wild dogs recently with what looked like two pregnant females, so who knows…?

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

Such interesting habits and similarities between the mongoose and wild dogs. Much to learn and you tell it so well. Thanks Rob!

Pam Chandor
Digital Ranger

Great blog Rob! It’s great when safari stories have happy endings! 🙂

Vin Beni
Senior Digital Ranger

Rob–coincidentally in today’s New York Times (July 24) there was a fascinating article focusing on the re-introduction of wild dogs in Gorongosa National Park (Mozambique) as part of a scientific study of the shifting distribution of species. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/23/science/gorongosa-animals-environment.html

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Interesting example of convergent evolution, never thought of these two species as similar

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

Rob, What a cool story and glad you boys found their “kill”! Never would have thought about those similarities!!

Susan Strauss
Senior Digital Ranger

Great blog. Rob!

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