Posted on June 21, 2011

Recently there have been a few tense moments as lions have moved perilously close to the painted dog den on a few occasions, luckily the pups have been safely inside!

The Alpha female’s experience and alertness has prevented any potentially disastrous intrusion from occurring.

There have also been some other unwanted feathered visitors at the den! Some Hooded vultures were attracted by the regurgitation of meat parcels for the pups, this image below is of the bravest of the pups peeping out towards a vulture from the safety of the den.

All this activity has prompted the Alpha female to move dens! A very wise decision from an experienced leader and mother! The new den is also a modified termite mound about 3 kilometres further south in a more open area where they can be quickly alerted to any potential threat. It must have been a scary trip for the 11 week old pups, 3km of potential danger but also a great learning curve and confidence booster!

With their new found courage the pups are spending most their time outside of the den. There is much interaction between them and the adults as they continue to establish their social status, look at the folded back ears and exposed belly of this submissive pup below.

The adults are having to hunt more regularly at the moment to provide for the hungry bellies, they came across a young hippo in a waterhole the other day and this dog showed more than a little curiosity! He looked like he wanted to swim over to the Hippo…looks like easy prey when all you can see is the head above the water!

Their breeding success so far this year is such exciting news for the small pack and if all goes according to plan we will have a healthy pack of 14 dogs in a month or so once the pups are large enough to run with the adults!

7 thoughts on “Pupdate!

  1. Dear Dave,

    Thanks for the update. I will use this in our next " Dog Call" The newsletter for the "Friends of the wild dog" pack in The Netherlands.

    They are absorbing your stories.

    The coming weekend I will be on road show with our project manager from the Painted Dog Conservation Project in Zimbabwe.

    I am sure that he will enjoy your pictures, clips as well as your stories

    Please keep us posted !

    Ron van der A
    Painted Dog Conservation Foundation, The Netherlands

  2. Dave hank You, those are some super shots, well done mate,we keep our fingers crossed for their well being and success.

  3. Hello Dave – as I write this a discussion is taking place on the Radio and the endangered Wild Dog. Hope all goes well with the pups

  4. Great updates Dave!! and the pics too…it’s the best we can do till we get back to LH…but it’s good to feel part of the excitement! Thanx ever so much

  5. Great to hear about their progress. Fabulous photos too! Love the one in the water. Thank you Dave.

  6. So glad to hear the pups are still going well (and that they saved their move till after we had seen them!) Was a bit nervous with all the Lion activity aroun the old den.

    Have been doing my darndest with my photos to prove to people that Lions nad the rest of the bix 5 are not the only reason to go "on safari"

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