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Pete Thorpe

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Right from his very first bush trip at the age of four, Pete was always enthralled by this environment. Having grown up in the Middle East, Pete’s home-away-from-home has always been a bungalow in the Greater Kruger National Park, where his family had ...

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Francesca Doria
Senior Digital Ranger

Well at least once a leopard stole a kill instead of being stolen by hyenas or lions… wild dogs is a very appropriate name as they are closely related to dholes in Asia (from a taxonomic point of view ) also called wild dogs over there. They engage in very similar social relationships and the way to kill their prey is (sadly) the same as they eat the animal alive. Wolves have a completely different social structure and kill their prey differently. Now that wild dogs are rapidly increasing in number prey must adapt and so other predators but also wild dogs themselves against competitors such as hyena.

Leslie Kaye
Explorer

It is difficult for me to see The Kills or even read about them. I understand the reasons but I choose not to view that and its harshness. Your photography is stunning and I do enjoy seeing the animals every day. Thank you.

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide

Hi Leslie,

You’re right – it is very hard to witness such events.

Thanks for the compliments!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wow! It is crazy. Incredible sighting. Fantastic video.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Hi Pete, I feel breathless just watching that! Have you seen the Piccadilly female’s cub at all recently?

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide

Hi Suzanne,

Yes the cub is alive and well. We see it from time to time around the Manyelethi River in the northern parts of Londolozi.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Amazing sighting

What an exciting coffee break!!!!!

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

Really amazing. Though when watching the dogs kill the impala I feel sorry indeed for this poor animal because I believe in this case it had to suffer a lot. However, I would like to see these wild dogs myself, of course.

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

You sure know how to pick a great spot for coffee, Pete! I hope you didn’t waste any Amarula! 🤣

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Pete, I loved all the photos, especially the Piccadilly Female Leopard🤗

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

An awesome morning! I do hope the amarula coffee wasn’t wasted, though!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Action-packed morning, for sure! Good job with the video, Pete.

Cyndy Beardsley
Explorer

WOW!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Now that’s a coffee break to beat all others. Great footage!!

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

Wow, that’s intense… I love the drama that at any moment anything could happen!

Trish Monck
Master Tracker

Lucky! Heart pounding excitement!

Moira McLachlan
Explorer

Great footage, but poor impala.

Carly M
Explorer

Wow! What an exciting morning! What an amazing sight to see!

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Insane!

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

WOW!! what a morning! when the wild dogs appear it is always exciting, but when you add in the leopard this is truly incredible!! Victoria

Cally Staniland
Senior Digital Ranger

Wow, what a coffee break !!! Excitement overload to be sure. Fabulous Pete 🙏🏻💕

Dan Harlacher
Explorer

Hey Pete – well done and hope you and family are well. Can’t wait to get back in May (travel ban pending). In the meantime keep teasing us with the great shots and shares! Cheers!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Pete, what an incredible sighting. Such great luck! Talk about being in the right place at the right time! It’s amazing to see the interactions between these different attackers. Seems like we’re seeing a lot more of wild dogs lately. Do they have a homebase on the Londolozi property now?

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