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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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on Unveiling The Fascinating Realm Of Wild Dogs Voting System

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Great article! Influential sneezers!

That’s fascinating, Jess! I think wild dogs are your favourite animal?

Jess, how fascinating. I learn something new almost every week from the blogs and videos from Londolozi. Thank you for sharing the pictures and information about the wild dogs.

What a fascinating blog on wild dogs, Jess. Next time come across such a pack, I will certainly pay particular attention to their sneezing. Absolutely fascinating!

Jess, this is utterly fascinating and bizarre! Thank you for sharing these research findings. Now you have me wondering if my dog’s morning sneeze on his first walk outside is an ancient, genetic signal of his agreement to be outside? Probably not, but one never knows. 🤔

That was new news for us and we will listen for the sneezing the next time we encounter these fascinating animals!

Hi Jess, thanks for this interesting information of how the wild dogs communicate with each other by sneezing. You have really studied these dogs well and I know that they are your favorite animal. I remember well how you and James Tyrrell went to go and look for the pups and how you cried when you saw them. They are beautiful Jess and each one has their own markings which makes them even more unique. Very interesting to hear the higher they are in the hierarchy the less they sneeze.

Love this! Very interesting! Love wild dogs tho sadly the one animal we did not get to see on safari (we will be back)!

Fascinating – thanks for this interesting fact.

Fascinating! In had no idea that the dogs did this! Thanks for the lesson, Jess.

Ooh, I love this insight! But it’s more like our electoral college voting here in the US than a democracy, don’t you think?

Animals are truly amazing! Who would have thought there exists a voting system within a wild dog pack and that it is done by sneezing? Next time I’m viewing a pack, I will definitely listen more closely. Thanks for this informative article Jess.

Awesome post Jess! I love the wild dogs!

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