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Wild Dog babies are just too adorable

Wild Dog babies are just too adorable

Author -  Vicki Kenny

They came to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary as pups, siblings Nadia and Jaco rescued from a situation of conflict in the Mangetti area of Namibia’s north-east, with the three brothers, Namib, Desert and Veldt, having been removed from a situation of certain death in Namibia’s Otjozondjupa region.

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Raised by the owner of the Sanctuary, the pups thrived and formed a remarkable pack of five.

After almost two years of dedication to these animals, classified as endangered by the IUCN’s red list of threatened species and legally protected within Namibia since 2016, these dogs were ambassadors for their species and formed one of the project's most successful release projects to date.

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Embracing freedom on the Zannier Reserve by the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary in June 2018 the pack, affectionately dubbed the “Famous Five”, survived without conflict for seven months. Displaying exceptional hunting skills, these magnificent dogs took to their new lives as if they had never been confined to captivity.

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But on 12 February a pack personifying the perfect conservation vision lay defeated. Evidence clearly points to security personnel from Windhoek International Airport, with whom the Zannier Reserve by the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary shares a common fence, unlawfully accessing the reserve and shooting at the pack to obtain their meat from a successful kudu kill. Numerous studies have shown that African wild dogs make use of man-made structures and perimeter fences when bringing down prey, and the pack of five regularly made use of the fence line when hunting.

Upon further inspection, 12-gauge shotgun shell casings were discovered, with two deceased dogs and the third critically injured prompting the project staff to immediately alert the police. Members of the Namibian Police Force and the Protected Resources Unit (PRU) responded and a full investigation ensued.

Six suspects were remanded and later released on bail – a bitter reminder of how easily freedom can be granted to some but will never again be relished by an incredible pack of animals whose freedom was hard won.

Namib and Veldt, the two surviving dogs, were returned to captivity for their own wellbeing. The likelihood of just two dogs being able to hunt successfully is slim, and now the duo is being carefully monitored at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Jaco was severely injured and fought for his life in the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary Veterinary Clinic.

Tragically, just three days later, he lost the fight despite the staff's very best efforts. 

Rest in peace Nadia, Jaco and Desert. Your deaths will not be in vain!

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To find out more about this project check out our website: Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary or fill out the form below to find out more about getting involved in this amazing project. 

 

 

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Wild Dog babies are just too adorable

These adorable baby wild dogs came to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary as pups, siblings Nadia and Jaco rescued from a situation of conflict in the Mangetti area of Namibia’s north-east. They were rehablitated and released - but

They came to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary as pups, siblings Nadia and Jaco rescued from a situation of conflict in the Mangetti area of Namibia’s north-east, with the three brothers, Namib, Desert and Veldt, having been removed from a situation of certain death in Namibia’s Otjozondjupa region.

Rescued Wild Dogs.png

Raised by the owner of the Sanctuary, the pups thrived and formed a remarkable pack of five.

After almost two years of dedication to these animals, classified as endangered by the IUCN’s red list of threatened species and legally protected within Namibia since 2016, these dogs were ambassadors for their species and formed one of the project's most successful release projects to date.

namibia wildlife sanctuary wild dogs.png

Embracing freedom on the Zannier Reserve by the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary in June 2018 the pack, affectionately dubbed the “Famous Five”, survived without conflict for seven months. Displaying exceptional hunting skills, these magnificent dogs took to their new lives as if they had never been confined to captivity.

namibia wildlife sanctuary wild dogs2.png

But on 12 February a pack personifying the perfect conservation vision lay defeated. Evidence clearly points to security personnel from Windhoek International Airport, with whom the Zannier Reserve by the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary shares a common fence, unlawfully accessing the reserve and shooting at the pack to obtain their meat from a successful kudu kill. Numerous studies have shown that African wild dogs make use of man-made structures and perimeter fences when bringing down prey, and the pack of five regularly made use of the fence line when hunting.

Upon further inspection, 12-gauge shotgun shell casings were discovered, with two deceased dogs and the third critically injured prompting the project staff to immediately alert the police. Members of the Namibian Police Force and the Protected Resources Unit (PRU) responded and a full investigation ensued.

Six suspects were remanded and later released on bail – a bitter reminder of how easily freedom can be granted to some but will never again be relished by an incredible pack of animals whose freedom was hard won.

Namib and Veldt, the two surviving dogs, were returned to captivity for their own wellbeing. The likelihood of just two dogs being able to hunt successfully is slim, and now the duo is being carefully monitored at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Jaco was severely injured and fought for his life in the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary Veterinary Clinic.

Tragically, just three days later, he lost the fight despite the staff's very best efforts. 

Rest in peace Nadia, Jaco and Desert. Your deaths will not be in vain!

namibia wildlife sanctuary wild dogs3.png

 

To find out more about this project check out our website: Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary or fill out the form below to find out more about getting involved in this amazing project. 

 

 

Fill out my online form.
Wild Dog babies are just too adorable

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