Wild Dogs in the Masai Mara!

September 26, 2012  By: Gretchen

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 Kenya’s Mara Plains 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 until 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 new instinctively, or maybe just from the dog’s predatory behavior, that these were animals 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!

We are all thrilled to have these amazing animals gracing us with their presence. 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!

Photographs by Lorna Buchanan-Jardine, game report courtesy Richard Pye and Great Plains Conservation

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