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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 Wild Dogs vs Wildebeest: AMAZING Footage!

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Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

WOW, there is such a thrille to watch the wild dogs whether at play or on the hunt. We had the privilege of watching a pack of 21 last week when we were at Londolozi. Victoria

You were extremely lucky, not a common sighting Victoria. Very glad you got to see them.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Dean what great videos, I watched them all!

Glad you enjoyed Joan

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Hauntingly familiar scene for us from a trip to Botswana in 2015. We observed a similar noisy standoff between wild dogs and a herd of wildebeest. Each group took turns charging the other. The dogs suddenly left the scene. Incredible!

Amazing how they just decide to stop. Sounds like a great sighting Vin.

Jim Davis
Explorer

Great post; excellent video and description. I would have bet on the dogs, but sometimes the unexpected happens. Whew

Thank you Jim, me too but the unexpected is the best.

Dina Petridis
Senior Digital Ranger

these little calfs must have gone crazy !

Panic would have been a term I would have used.

Rich Laburn
Head of Digital

Wow that’s seriously incredible and something I’ve never heard of. Absolutely amazing!

Thanks Rich, appreciate the comment. Glad you enjoyed.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Impressive videos! I’m amazed at the size of the pack and wonder why they didn’t attack the wildebeests en masse! It seems that that many could have overwhelmed them. Kudos to the zebras!

Its an incredible pack to watch, the pups are still fairly young to be involved in the hunt Mary Beth, so it was only the adults really participating.

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

What an amazing and rare sight, especially for a one time visitor to Londolozi and South Africa from California. Hoping to return one day.

Glad you enjoyed Doug, hope to see you again too.

Johanna Browne
Explorer

Great footage! It’s amazing how the babies maneuver themselves so well to not get run over or tripped up by the parents focused on protecting them. Love the story that the zebras came in to save the day! I adore wild dogs and in this case appreciate the happy ending very much!

Instinct is incredible out in nature. Glad you enjoyed Johanna.

sho! what a sighting!

WOW that is a first for me! Ellies yes but not Wildies! Thanks for posting!

Glad you liked it Earline

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

Nice blog Dean. You all had an adrenaline rush on that drive. How interesting that the zebra saved the day for the wildies. I love to watch the antics of the wild dogs – they really do work as a team. Thanks for sharing with us.

Thank you Leonie, appreciate the comment

Terre08
Explorer

Great stuff as usual.

Thank you

Cheung Yc
Digital Ranger

Painted Wolves ,I do prefer this, as I am always a wolf fan. They are just amazing

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thanks so much for taking us along on this exciting experience you all witnessed. The videos really enhanced the moments you spent watching predators against prey. Relieved to learn the distraction of the zebras gave the wildebeest calves another day to live. Whew, now I can relax.

Thank you for the comment. Glad you enjoyed the post and videos Denise.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Unbelievable!!!

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