Wild Dogs

The Wild Dog Conservation Programme

The Wild Dog Conservation Programme

The African wild dog, Lycaon pictus, is native to Sub-Saharan Africa. It has few natural predators, but habitat fragmentation, human persecution and disease have slashed its numbers. According to the World Wildlife Fund, the African wild dog is one of the rarest and most endangered mammals in the world. Current population estimates are between 3000 and 6600. The story of the African wild dog conservation programme at Erindi Private Game

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Wild dogs, hyenas and lions put on a show

Wild dogs, hyenas and lions put on a show

Massive rain storms ripped over Erindi recently which made everyone happy, including the animals who put on a great show.

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Time, is sometimes, not of the essence

Time, is sometimes, not of the essence

Photograph © Tim Smith Yesterday afternoon we had a plan to find the Wild Dog pack and maybe some Elephants as the day before we had found Shadow – the big male Lion roaring. Ranger Will was on the radio half an hour into drive to inform everyone the Pack was at the waterhole in front of the lodge.  We raced back towards the lodge and halfway there we bumped

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Special Sightings on Game Drives

Special Sightings on Game Drives

Crazy afternoon on Erindi! It’s not often the guides can go from one special sighting into another, so yesterday was fun for everybody! We went to check up on Hershey, the female Cheetah, and her Water-buck kill which she was still feeding on. While watching her, we heard over the radio that the Wild Dog pack was at the waterhole in front of the restaurant…

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New Arrivals

New Arrivals

We are excited to let you know, that we have 4 new African Wild Dogs puppies running around. They are between 2 – 3 months old now and they are doing well and are full of energy! This is great news for us! We reported a while back on our facebook page that one of the females were pregnant. At the end of last month, the guides noticed that the

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The African Wild Dog

The African Wild Dog

A huge amount of time and effort has been, and still is, being put towards keeping the successfully released pack of dogs back into the reserve at Erindi. Three times a charm they say – lets hope this charm stays forever.

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Wild Dog Conservation

Wild Dog Conservation

TEXT: Natasha Britz PHOTOGRAPHS: GP Britz The African wild dog Lycaon pictis is one of the rarest and most endangered carnivores in the world. The current population estimates show their numbers to be between 3 000 and 5 5000. The last protected pack of free roaming wild dogs in Namibia was seen in Etosha National Park in 1970 although the Botswana population overlaps into the north eastern part of the

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  • A paw to the face or a bite to the ear. These lion cubs are really strong at this age, even though this is just normal "play fighting", they pack a serious punch 🤛 It makes for humorous game viewing seeing siblings tumbling about. 😼Photo: @fnventer . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #lioncubs #bigcats #bigfive #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "A paw to the face or a bite to the ear. These lion cubs are really strong at this age, even though this is just normal "play fighting", they pack a serious punch 🤛 It makes for humorous game viewing seeing siblings tumbling about. 😼Photo: @fnventer
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #lioncubs #bigcats #bigfive #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • Nothing beats a scrumptious and satisfying meal. This young male lion was really enjoying his wildebeest kill! A well-earned feast. 🍽🦁 Photo: @markusoblaender . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #bigcat #wildcats #big5 #hungry #namibia #namibiatourism #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Nothing beats a scrumptious and satisfying meal. This young male lion was really enjoying his wildebeest kill! A well-earned feast. 🍽🦁
Photo: @markusoblaender
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #bigcat #wildcats #big5 #hungry #namibia #namibiatourism #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • Stick with mom and you will find out how to survive. Eating, moving and learning skills are essential to life in the wild. Become her shadow. 🐘💕 Photo: @jeremyconte . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #elephantportrait #canon #moodynature #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Stick with mom and you will find out how to survive. Eating, moving and learning skills are essential to life in the wild. Become her shadow. 🐘💕
Photo: @jeremyconte
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #elephantportrait #canon #moodynature #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • The cheetah is the heart and soul of our work with @ccfcheetah. There are less than 10,000 individuals alive today. We have collectively undertaken a huge task to rehabilitate and reintegrate orphaned cheetah back into the wild. When they are grown and able to hunt on their own, half our work is done. But then we also have to hope that they will adapt to their new environment where there are many unfamiliar predators. 😿🌿 Photo: @mishawilcockson . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #cheetah #endangered #bigcats #ccf #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "The cheetah is the heart and soul of our work with @ccfcheetah. There are less than 10,000 individuals alive today. We have collectively undertaken a huge task to rehabilitate and reintegrate orphaned cheetah back into the wild. When they are grown and able to hunt on their own, half our work is done. But then we also have to hope that they will adapt to their new environment where there are many unfamiliar predators. 😿🌿
Photo: @mishawilcockson
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #cheetah #endangered #bigcats #ccf #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • Sometimes we are so focused on the big things in life, that we completely miss the small things - which are just as special. See the crocodile in the foreground? The photographer only saw him in the image much later. What a surprise. 🐊🐘 Photo: @sonlombard . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #crocodile #sunset #waterhole #surprise #dailypic #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #natureshots

    erindinamibia: "Sometimes we are so focused on the big things in life, that we completely miss the small things - which are just as special. See the crocodile in the foreground? The photographer only saw him in the image much later. What a surprise. 🐊🐘
Photo: @sonlombard .
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #crocodile #sunset #waterhole #surprise #dailypic #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #natureshots"
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  • Practising my roar mom. How does it sound? To us, it’s the sweetest attempt ever, but to the sibling on the right, it’s not that impressive. 🤣😝 Photo: @naudewashere . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #lioncubs #big5 #playful #roar #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Practising my roar mom. How does it sound? To us, it’s the sweetest attempt ever, but to the sibling on the right, it’s not that impressive. 🤣😝
Photo: @naudewashere
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #lioncubs #big5 #playful #roar #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • As the sun climbs over the horizon, it beckons the wild dogs to get moving. It is at sunrise when the dogs perform their greeting ritual, exciting each other for the hunt to come. They make chattering sounds and eerie calls that can be heard for miles. This marks the start of their hunt, but during the hunt itself, they are silent. 🔇🐶 Photo: @fnventer . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #wilddog #africanwilddog #sunrise #call #howl #hunt #eerie #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "As the sun climbs over the horizon, it beckons the wild dogs to get moving. It is at sunrise when the dogs perform their greeting ritual, exciting each other for the hunt to come. They make chattering sounds and eerie calls that can be heard for miles. This marks the start of their hunt, but during the hunt itself, they are silent. 🔇🐶
Photo: @fnventer
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #wilddog #africanwilddog #sunrise #call #howl #hunt #eerie #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • The daytime and wildlife might be awe-inspiring, but the nighttime and the milky way is breathtaking. Come spend an evening beneath the stars with us. ✨🌌🌠🌑 Photo: @thomas.bartelds . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #nightsky #stars #galaxies #universe #milkyway #romantic #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "The daytime and wildlife might be awe-inspiring, but the nighttime and the milky way is breathtaking. Come spend an evening beneath the stars with us. ✨🌌🌠🌑
Photo: @thomas.bartelds
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #nightsky #stars #galaxies #universe #milkyway #romantic #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • One of our cheetahs, Obi-Wan, seen taking a snooze on a termite mound on a morning drive. 😴 Photo by @erinoutdoors.

    erindinamibia: "One of our cheetahs, Obi-Wan, seen taking a snooze on a termite mound on a morning drive. 😴 Photo by @erinoutdoors."
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  • The black-backed jackal is similar to the fox with its slender body, long legs, and large ears. It is a monogamous and territorial animal, usually defending its territory in pairs by scent marking and aggressively chasing off intruders. It is a vocal species with a high-pitched whining howl that can be heard over a considerable distance. 🐶 Photo: @naudewashere . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #jackal #nature #mammals #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #wildfacts

    erindinamibia: "The black-backed jackal is similar to the fox with its slender body, long legs, and large ears. It is a monogamous and territorial animal, usually defending its territory in pairs by scent marking and aggressively chasing off intruders. It is a vocal species with a high-pitched whining howl that can be heard over a considerable distance. 🐶
Photo: @naudewashere .
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #jackal #nature #mammals #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #wildfacts"
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  • When your feathers blend in so perfectly with the grass that it’s only your long neck that gives you away. It is easy to miss an ostrich from the road, but once you’ve scoped them out, they will scope you right back. The ostrich has the largest eye of any land animal, and only blinks once per minute. 👁🌾 Photo:@fueradel_aula . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #ostrich #neckfordays #nature #birds #birdsofinstagram #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #wildfacts

    erindinamibia: "When your feathers blend in so perfectly with the grass that it’s only your long neck that gives you away. It is easy to miss an ostrich from the road, but once you’ve scoped them out, they will scope you right back. The ostrich has the largest eye of any land animal, and only blinks once per minute. 👁🌾 Photo:@fueradel_aula
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #ostrich #neckfordays #nature #birds #birdsofinstagram #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #wildfacts"
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  • Families who cuddle together, stay together. Even in the animal kingdom, animals show immense affection towards each other. They also like to socialize and be close to one another. Sticking together is not only essential for survival, but also for healthy dynamics in the group 🤗 📷Photo: @miss_anastasia_u . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #giraffe #family #nature #giraffes #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Families who cuddle together, stay together. Even in the animal kingdom, animals show immense affection towards each other. They also like to socialize and be close to one another. Sticking together is not only essential for survival, but also for healthy dynamics in the group 🤗
📷Photo: @miss_anastasia_u
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #giraffe #family #nature #giraffes #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • Keeping it cool. Hippos have the right idea! 💧Photo from last week by @erinoutdoors

    erindinamibia: "Keeping it cool. Hippos have the right idea! 💧Photo from last week by @erinoutdoors"
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  • It is not unusual for elephants to cool off from the midday heat with a swish of dust. Namibia is known for its warm climate and vast open plains. At Erindi, nature is left to run its course, and this is precisely what @mishawilcockson from @earth captured while staying with us. 🐘 📷Photo: @mishawilcockson . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #big5 #nature #dustbath #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "It is not unusual for elephants to cool off from the midday heat with a swish of dust. Namibia is known for its warm climate and vast open plains. At Erindi, nature is left to run its course, and this is precisely what @mishawilcockson from @earth captured while staying with us. 🐘
📷Photo: @mishawilcockson
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #big5 #nature #dustbath #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • There is something special about seeing lion cubs in the wild. Their innocence and playfulness is something you can only observe with a huge smile on your face. Photo by @colbybrownphotography

    erindinamibia: "There is something special about seeing lion cubs in the wild. Their innocence and playfulness is something you can only observe with a huge smile on your face. Photo by @colbybrownphotography"
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  • All ears! 👀 Kudu photographed by @erinoutdoors on the reserve this week.

    erindinamibia: "All ears! 👀 Kudu photographed by @erinoutdoors on the reserve this week."
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  • Bandit is one of the many male Lions that we have in Erindi. As a private game reserve, we can often get pretty close to these incredible animals, allowing for some amazing photo opportunities! Photo by @colbybrownphotography

    erindinamibia: "Bandit is one of the many male Lions that we have in Erindi. As a private game reserve, we can often get pretty close to these incredible animals, allowing for some amazing photo opportunities!

Photo by @colbybrownphotography"
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  • Keep your chin up and let the light in. Our San families live in the reserve and their children particularly enjoy climbing trees and looking for animal tracks. The San take a holistic approach towards nature and wildlife; something we can all learn from them. 🌿🐾 Photo: @mijlof . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #sanpeople #san #family #tribe #holistic #nature #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Keep your chin up and let the light in. Our San families live in the reserve and their children particularly enjoy climbing trees and looking for animal tracks. The San take a holistic approach towards nature and wildlife; something we can all learn from them. 🌿🐾
Photo: @mijlof
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #sanpeople #san #family #tribe #holistic #nature #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • A surprising sighting. This brown hyena hung around longer than usual. Seeing them is usually rare. They are the most interesting predators in the hierarchy. Conservationists believe that the hyena is at the top of the pecking order, above wild dogs. 🏆🙌 Photo: @naudewashere . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #brownhyena #hyena #elusive #rare #predator #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "A surprising sighting. This brown hyena hung around longer than usual. Seeing them is usually rare. They are the most interesting predators in the hierarchy. Conservationists believe that the hyena is at the top of the pecking order, above wild dogs. 🏆🙌
Photo: @naudewashere
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #brownhyena #hyena #elusive #rare #predator #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • Charge headlong because success is imminent. A sudden burst of energy is all it takes. Lions can charge within a distance of 22m, and this great effort is only rewarded when the target is brought down. 🙀 Photo: @francoisdplessis . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #bigcats #wildcats #predator #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Charge headlong because success is imminent. A sudden burst of energy is all it takes. Lions can charge within a distance of 22m, and this great effort is only rewarded when the target is brought down. 🙀
Photo: @francoisdplessis
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #bigcats #wildcats #predator #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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