The discovery of wild dog pups in the Klaserie has led to much excitement among the rangers at Africa on Foot and nThambo Tree Camp. Reports and sightings of predator kills have always been a firm favourite with our readers and guests. However, it’s always nice bring you news of birth rather than death! The circle of life in the wild can be mean and harsh; so these bundles of joy have bought many smiles and much happiness to all and sundry. To see young animals thriving and surviving in the wild is always a memorable occasion .
A week ago the rangers saw the pack hovering around a disused aardvark burrow and noticed a heavily lactating female. This led us to believe there was the presence of pups. There was speculation that the pups were very, very tiny because there was no sign of movement from the burrow. Pups need the safety and security of the burrow to fully develop, which is why there was no activity from the youngsters. The pups are vulnerable which makes the rest of the pack acutely aware of protecting the newborns from predators. Out of respect for the pack, guides and rangers at Africa on Foot and nThambo Tree Camp have decided to maintain a 30 metre distance from the den site. There is also only one access road to the area and only one vehicle at a time will be allowed at a sighting.
At the moment, there are recorded sightings of two pups. There could be more stashed inside the burrow but they’re just not ready to come out yet.
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