Having moved to Norway almost a year ago to start working on my PhD, it was great to return to the NTGR recently for a couple of days. We were lucky enough to catch up with the wild dogs. We found the pack resting on the shady banks of the Majale River in the late afternoon. As the sun neared the horizon, the dogs lazily got up and had a drink of water. They then proceeded along the riverbed for a short distance, after which they scaled the river bank, heading south.
The pack spent much of 2010 in the far south-western parts of the reserve and the adjoining properties. Since December 2010 until earlier this month, the pack shifted back towards the central parts of the NTGR. It will be interesting to observe their ranging behaviour in the next few months as this may give us some indication of where they will den this year. In 2008 and 2009 the den was located near Pont Drift, but last year they denned about 25km south west from the original den. It is vital that they successfully raise pups this year. Nearly three years after release, this is by far the smallest the has ever been, and the pack's persistence depends on them successfully raising some young.The wild dogs movements during Dec 2010 and early Jan 2011 are indicated by the red GPS spots.