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Dean de la Rey

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Dean grew up in Johannesburg and it was from his very first trip to the bush at the age of two that he was captivated by this environment (he claims he can remember that far back!). He attended school in Pretoria, thereafter completing ...

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on What’s Next on the Property Market at Londolozi?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Londolozi is definitely prime location Dean. Holding thumbs that the wild dogs den on the property. It will be an amazing experience.

That it will be. Thank you Marinda

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Oh fingers crossed for the dogs and some wonderful posts. I do know how sensitive the rangers and trackers ar where dens are concerned, the hyena den was one of my absolute favourites when I visited a few years ago

Hi Ian. Yes sensitivity is extremely important. So glad you got to view the den.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Well, wild dogs or painted wolves as some like to refer to them, seem to have the same problem as the other predators….. where to den your pups/cubs in order to keep them safe from – predators! I hadn’t thought termite mounds would be an optimal birthing place but I guess it makes sense.

I know Singita has seen a good sized pack of dogs lately and I wonder if it’s the same one-scouting for real estate.

Hopefully the pups will be delivered soon, within Londolozi borders or at least Singita where you have driving rights. I’m planning to be there in late March but they’ll be grown by then. Oh well, perhaps there will be other youngsters to keep eyes and cameras busy. 📷📷.

Good blog and nice images!!

Hi Denise. Yes, there has been a pack moving between us and Singita, so we can only hope it is within those borders. Yes by then they will be big but I have no doubt there will other youngsters. Nonetheless, the wild dog are always great to watch.

Thanks for the comment.

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

Dean, great picture of the wild dog in the water, loved it!

Thank you so much Joan

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Dean, Fingers crossed that they den at Londolozi! How fun it would be to watch their pups grow up! How many pups are in a normal litter?

Hi Michael and Terri. We can only hope. The average is around 10 but anywhere from 2 to 20 pups. Highest recorded litter is 21.

Chelsea Allard
Senior Digital Ranger

Fingers crossed!

Definitely. Thanks Chelsea

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Fingers crossed Dean. To have such a rare animal who is also an apex predator is quite a coup. They travel so fast and range over such wide areas we actually might get to see them on our next visit if they den on property. Any idea when/if there was a resident pack here last? Also, are they cathemeral?

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Dear Dean. We await, with bated breath, to see where the Wild Dogs will decide to den. How exciting for you all at Londolozi at the thought of watching them settle and raise a litter of babies on Londolozi! Also, through the pics sent to us we too will be able to watch their progress …. Wendy M

Hi Wendy. Yes, the thought is way too exciting. Fingers crossed!

Kristin Boggs
Explorer

We saw this pack on two occasions just two weeks ago in Djuma Game Reserve . They were a joy to watch, wonderful sightings. Alpha Mom looked very close to giving birth.

Hi Kristin. Very lucky you got to see them. Always a great experience watching them.

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

I love the house hunting of the wild dogs. What a thrill to have the pack in a nice abandoned termite mound that does not have too many bugs. No self respecting mother wants bugs all around. Victoria

That’s very true, thanks for comment Victoria.

Vanessa Dean
Explorer

Loved this article and the photo of the wild dog in the water. They are so interesting to watch, their social interactions are fascinating, I could watch them for hours. Fingers crossed they den on Londolozi. Thanks for sharing Dean.

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