Wild Dog Sightings!


Benson reported that 8 wild dogs had been seen near Ostrich Farm on Friday, 13/10.

Today somebody (David) called from opposite Whistling Thorn: The wild dogs are around. They killed 4 sheep. He asked if I could come on Wednesday?

What shall we do? Wild dogs are highly endangered but not yet included in the Consolation Programme. It would be now an opportunity to start with their protection by consoling the owner of the sheep. We should know a bit more but basically I am pro-consolation wherever wild dogs kill something in the ecosystem, not only at Kitengela.

Inge

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3 responses to “Wild Dog Sightings!

  1. The latest I heard is that actually 7 dogs are around, all in good condition. I guess it is the pack which still survived north of Kajiado and was reported in the past occasionally near Corner Baridi (4 individuals). A deteriorating food situation may force them to extend their range. But they are afraid of lions!

    I think that a special fund, at least a special account (sub-account to the existing one) would be useful. Monitoring of the dogs will be through reported kills and through sightings. It is less harmfull and also less disturbing to the dogs and the local communities than a full fledged monitoring programme. The FoNNaP Scout programme has not yet enough funding to cover that area but we can alert volunteers.

    Vaccination of domestic dogs would save not only the Wild dogs but also the jackal populations in and outside Nairobi Park. Funding!

    There are a few more Wild dog packs reported between Kajiado, Chuylu Hills and Amboseli. Some are said to be in bad shape and would consist of 3-5 members only.

    I hope that soon a proposal for a Predator Consolation Programme for the whole of Kajiado District can be developed. The unique opportunity we have to save the wildlife in its full diversity should not be wasted.

    Yesterday I got already some encouraging comments from community members. But more information/education is necessary.

    Inge

  2. To: African Wild Dog specialists, 17 Nov. 2006

    The exciting news that a pack of 8 wild dogs has re-entered the greater Nairobi National Park ecosystem is wonderful news. We should do everything possible to see that these rare animals are not harmed in any way.

    The Wildlife Foundation (Kenya) will add the “wild dog” to the list of predators involved in our Predator Consolation Program for the migration/dispersal lands outside of Nairobi National Park. The predator list now covered includes: lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, crocodile, and now the wild dog.

    We do not have the expertise or experience to collar and track these wild dogs, but it would be extremely helpful to their conservation, if they could be tracked on a regular basis.

    Also, to protect both the big cats and the wild dogs, the domestic dogs of the Kitengela region should be vaccinated for distemper, etc.

    Can you help and assist us and the Maasai community in this area regarding the welfare of the wild dogs (and their domestic dogs). The Maasai in general are anxious to live in peace with their wildlife and will be most willing to co-operate.

    Thanks you very much,

    Edward Loosli,
    Chairman, The Wildlife Foundation (Kenya)

  3. Dear Edward and Inge (Inge you may remember we met briefly at a KWS meeting last year) –

    My friend Claudio Sillero-Zubiri, Chairman of the Canid Specialist Group (CSG), passed on your news about wild dogs being sighted near the Nairobi NP.

    I run a wild dog research and conservation project in Laikipia-Samburu, and coordinate the wild dog working group for CSG. I’m also involved, with KWS, in drafting a national strategy for the conservation and management of large carnivores. So… I’d be delighted if you could keep me informed of any further sightings of wild dogs in the area.

    Also, if there is anything I can do to help, in terms of advice etc, let me know. We have done quite alot of research on how and why wild dogs kill livestock, and livestock husbandry that can help prevent that. We’re currently working alot on strategies for managing infectious disease risks.

    Finally, would it be possible to get a more precise location for the sighting? We are starting to map wil dog sightings and this is a very intereating one!

    thanks and best wishes

    Rosie

    Dr Rosie Woodroffe
    Associate Professor of Conservation Biology
    Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology
    University of California, Davis, CA 95616 USA
    Tel: +1-530-754-9513
    Fax: +1-530-752-4154
    E-mail: rwoodroffe@ucdavis.edu

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