African wild dogs at Singita Pamushana Lodge

Zimbabwe boasts one of the largest African wild dog populations; over several hundred dogs can be found in the country’s national parks. Although once considered a pest, the “painted dog” is now highly endangered and they have become a symbol of pride in Zimbabwe, with the population almost doubling in recent years.

During our recent visit to Singita Pamushana Lodge, we were fortunate enough to witness a rare sighting of these cursorial predators. It is estimated that there are only six hundred to a thousand individual packs left on the continent and their lack of numbers coupled with the massive territories they occupy make sightings extremely gratifying.

African wild dogs at Singita Pamushana Lodge African wild dogs at Singita Pamushana Lodge

Wild dogs can achieve a speed of up to 55km/h and maintain that speed for several kilometers, making it very difficult to keep up with them when hunting. They are incredibly efficient hunters, using both their intelligence and co-operation to ensure a successful kill and will literally run their prey to the ground. No two wild dogs are marked exactly the same, making it easy to identify individuals within a group. They are fascinating animals to observe and it always special to watch them interact with fellow pack members while enjoying their painted beauty.

African wild dogs at Singita Pamushana Lodge Field guide James Suter at Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Unfortunately the gradual disappearance of their natural habitat and outbreaks of viral diseases such as rabies and distemper makes them vulnerable to extinction. The preservation of the African wild dog population depends on the size of the region in which they can live and conserved areas, such as the 120 000 acres of the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, provide sanctuary for these beautiful animals.

Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Follow field guide James Suter as he explores the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe and reports on the spectacular plants and animals he encounters. Some of his recent posts from the reserve include a spectacular cheetah sighting and tracking the local hyena clans.


Similar blog Posts

Herb garden at Singita Grumeti

Salad Days at Singita Grumeti

The use of fresh, seasonal produce is one of the most important elements of the enticing daily menu at all of Singita’s lodges and camps. Supporting local farmers is one way to achieve this (while also assisting local communities to thrive) and the other is to grow our own fresh herbs and vegetables on-site. At…

Read More
Singita Sabora Tented Camp

Solar at Sabora gets the Green Light

If you close your eyes and listen carefully, you just might hear it; the sound of absolute peace. That is what guests at Singita Sabora Tented Camp are experiencing with the recent switch to renewable energy. In 2013, Singita’s reserves in Tanzania began a new journey toward sustainable operation together with One Planet, a project…

Read More

Lodges and Camps

Wildlife

Food

Lamai Wildlife Report July 1
Latest Wildlife Report

Singita Lamai

The Lamai Triangle experiences a dramatic transformation between the months of June and July, both aesthetically and in terms of wildlife, particularly when the migratory animals show up as early as they did this season. During the month of June there was still a fair amount of precipitation, more so than Grumeti had which is...

Read More
View all Wildlife Reports

Videos from Singita

Latest Video

Singita Serengeti House - The Inspiration

Overlooking a well-visited waterhole on the south-eastern slopes of Sasakwa Hill, this welcoming exclusive-use retreat for families and friends is chosen for carefree private relaxation in a home-like atmosphere. This is a happy, vibrant place conducive to bonding and making precious memories in one of Africa’s most beautiful locations.

Environmental Education - Komanani
Community & Conservation
Singita Wildlife Showcase Video
A Wildlife Showcase
All Videos