Kudos for thé wildebeest! I don’t know why they are considered ugly. They aren’t! I watched documentaries on zebra and after hyenas and lions wild dogs were after them too. Perhaps because they were exhausted after the migration or were they looking for younger animals?
Over the years I have been asked all sorts of questions about the inhabitants of the African bush by guests. Sometimes the very best questions (also the most difficult to answer) are asked by children. Whether it was a youngster asking the name of an obscure flower or who would win in a fight, I have regularly found myself stumped. More often than not, the answers to many of these poignant questions can be found by spending time out in the bush. So, last week when as we watched a pack of African wild dogs trotting up to a lone male wildebeest on the Londolozi airstrip, I knew that I might be about to find out who would win in a fight between a pack of wild dogs and a wildebeest.
As it turned out, the wildebeest ‘won’ the encounter but in reality, the wild dogs were not truly interested in hunting the wildebeest. Wild dogs in this area prefer to prey predominantly on impala and although they may attempt to catch a wildebeest calf or an adult on the odd occasion, the adult wildebeests are usually a bit too much of a handful for the wild dogs. Either way, it was a truly unique sighting and the wildebeest gets to fight another day.
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Hi Ian, that must have been an incredible sighting. You are correct, in east Africa wild dogs do hunt wildebeest but it is not very common in the Kruger area due to the wide availability of smaller antelope.