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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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Gawie Jordaan
Digital Tracker

Jess, in a case like this where both the Alpha & Females are killed, how do you think the pack establishes who the new Alpha & Beta Female are?

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Jess interesting update. It will be fascinating to see what unfolds over the next few weeks and months. Please keep us up on the latest news.

Meenah Kim
Explorer

Wonderful narrative, and so exciting. Looking forward to hearing an update on the pack.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

Are wild dogs similar to other predators in that the female puppies stay with their natal pack, and males disperse, or do they have a different pattern? I suppose that might be tricky to glean without being able to easily identify individuals.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hi Jess, from Beverly I knew that wild dogs “vote” the beginning of a hunt by sneezing, have you ever heard this? Very interesting. They are very similar to dhole in India, both in biology and behaviour

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thanks for this update Jess on one of the packs of wild dogs. Following a pack of these dogs as they’re searching for or on the trail of prey is one of the most exciting adventures to be had during a safari. Perhaps the only moment better is watching the little pups a few weeks after their birth play around their den. Their family bond is apparent, perhaps even stronger than lion prides. Beverly Jouberts quite is so true and I appreciate its inclusion.

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Wild dog sightings are always so much fun!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Jess I know that the wild dogs are very near and dear to your heart. I also love them and they are so full of energy, hard to keep up with them in the bush. Beverley Joubert is a beautiful lady and her and her husband Derick Joubert made fantastic wild life films. Hopefully you will be able to answer your questions soon and give us an update as why the female was calling.

Johanna Browne
Senior Digital Ranger

Such wonderful animals. I love the complexities of their behaviors and relationships to one another. So sad the two females were killed and hopefully the pack will be successful in bringing more cubs in. It would be a great sadness to loose these magnificent characters of the bush. Thank you for the update, you always take us right along with you!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Thanks for the update on the wild dogs. What a pity that the alpha and beta females of that particular pack were killed by lions. Do wild dogs of different packs sometimes go together with dogs from different packs? I always thought that this was quite unlikely.
Anyway, I do hope that this pack will have more pups one day and that you and your guests can see them.

Tony McCutcheon
Explorer

Dereck and Beverly Joubert have made some of the best wildlife docs ever.

Eternal enemies; lions and hyenas along with the companion book is one of my favourites. Ntwadumela (he who greets with fire) chasing down the hyena at the end has got to be the greatest hunt footage ever. Check it out on youtube.

African hunting dogs are great. Their was a pack on Wild Earth last week that was half heartedly chased by hyenas, one dog had a baby impalas head in its mouth, maybe it was the same pack.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Jess, Thanks for an exciting story! Whenever we have been lucky to see them at Londolozi, they are amazing to watch. One minute they are playing with each other and the next that are on the hunt again!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

We have great memories of the wild dog pups early days in 2021. They grew so quickly in a few days.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Thanks Jess for this excellent update on this pack of wild dogs – always my favorites! Looking forward to hearing of their future viability and adventures.

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

This is the pack I saw when there – so many moments of excitement. Will they establish a new Alpha and how?

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