A pack of ten endangered African Wild Dogs relocated in the Waterberg are apparently so comfortable in their new digs that the alpha female already gave birth to a litter of pups. A camera installed near the den gives you a sneak peak (see below).

African Wild Dog at Lapalala. Photo: Annemieke Muller.

One of the world’s most endangered mammals, there are only around 6,500 African Wild Dogs left in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2018, this pack numbered only two, but has since raised two litters. Unfortunately, they started predating on livestock. A decision was therefore taken by the Wild Dog Advisory Group (WAG) to capture and relocate the pack to a safe area within the Waterberg.

The relocation to Lapalala Wilderness Reserve was done by Endangered Wildlife Trust, Lapalala Wilderness Reserve and Tintswalo Lapalala. They also partnered with PaintedDog.TV to install live cameras at the new den. The alpha female gave birth on 22 May and is currently denning in an old warthog burrow. 

The Den Camera:

Watch live as the Lapalala Wild Dog (aka Painted Wolf) puppies grow up in South Africa’s Waterberg Biosphere!It's incredibly exciting that the EWT, Lapalala Wilderness, and Tintswalo at Lapalala have partnered with PaintedDog.TV to install live cameras at the new den of the Lapalala pack. After being relocated to Lapalala in an effort to save them from persecution, they are settling into their new home. The alpha female gave birth on 22 May and is currently denning in an old warthog burrow. Join us as we watch these puppies emerge from their den and begin to explore their new world!Three live cameras have been installed in the vicinity of the den; the live broadcast can be accessed through the following links:The Den Camerahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ-nhGf1rU4 The Feeding Site Camera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-ZlDmL6e_0 The Waterhole Camera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCbrF8RkyVQ The pups should emerge from the den any day now and PaintedDog.TV will post highlights on their YouTube channel. Be sure to follow them to get updates!

Posted by Endangered Wildlife Trust on Tuesday, June 9, 2020

According to Glenn Phillips, Chief Executive of Lapalala Wilderness, where the wild dogs are being kept in a predator boma, “The birth of this litter of pups provides a welcome boost to the survival of this endangered species and we look forward to setting them free in the reserve together as a pack when the pups are strong enough, probably around the end of August.”  

Founded in 1981 by Dale Parker and Clive Walker, the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve is one of the largest private reserves in SA. It is recognized as a champion of sustainable wildlife conservation with the vision to leave a legacy for generations to come. Tinstwalo Lapalala is operated off the grid and is one of only two lodges within the reserve. 

The reserve stretches across 48 500 hectares of pristine bushveld and will provide ample hunting opportunities for the wild dogs. Wild dogs are highly effective predators and form an essential part of natural ecosystems by keeping herbivore numbers in check. Home to the Big 5, Lapalala is a unique landscape and offers opportunities to see numerous endangered species such as Roan antelope and Black rhinoceros. Boasting breath-taking scenery amongst classic savannah biomes, it offers 27 kilometers of perennial river frontage in the form of the Palala river, 800km of game viewing vehicle tracks, and excellent game viewing. The wildlife in this region is staggering in numbers, including 290 bird species, 60 mammal species, 97 reptile, 19 fish and 17 amphibian species, as well as 169 different types of trees and 25 species of aloe. 

Three live cameras have been installed in the vicinity of the den; the live broadcast can be accessed through the following links:
The Den Camera
The Feeding Site Camera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-ZlDmL6e_0
The Waterhole Camera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCbrF8RkyVQ