First Wild Dog in Mara

24 September 2012 | Jo Jenkins | Mara

This morning at 6:30am, as guests were leaving camp for their morning drive, their guide spotted three Wild Dogs passing within 200 meters of the camp, heading north through the Olare Orok Convervancy. Some of you may feel this may not be something that special but to put this in perspective, there are no recorded Wild Dog sightings till this morning in the greater in the Masai Mara! The three were watched in the light of the rising sun as they passed the camp, oblivious to the Mara Plains vehicles. Considering the rarity of this sighting in this area this would have to be the top sighting of the year.

It was interesting to watch the reactions of the smaller herbivores on the plains as these ‘Painted Wolves’ came into sight. Despite many of them probably never having seen a Wild dog before they knew instinctively, or maybe just from the dog’s predatory behavior, that these were an animal to really avoid. All but the Wildebeest gauged this. As always, they seemed to have a bit of a problem comprehending the dangers posed by the predator with the highest success rate in a hunt.

This really is an incredibly exciting day for the Olare Orok Conservancy, and a wonderful omen for the future of this little corner of paradise. We hope that they will now choose to visit us more often and take advantage of the abundance and variety of wildlife here.

Not to be taken lightly, after leaving the dogs and within 1 kilometer, the same guests found a beautiful leopardess wandering up a river line and then twenty minutes later watched a lioness being chased and cornered on top of a termite mound by buffalo.. all before breakfast!

Written by Jo Jenkins

Jo’s enthusiasm for safari as a child when her parents worked in Zambia, then Kenya. Jo quickly fancied herself as a safari expert and has been a keen game tracker ever since. Although, more recently, she is very keen to trial many of the (more luxurious) beach lodges we now offer.

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