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Located in the northeastern region of South Africa, Kruger National Park is home to several species of wildlife, including rhinos, lions, leopards, hyenas and African wild dogs. They offer a variety of options for their guests, including guided safaris, romantic getaways, and even self-drive tours.
Many visitors are hopeful of seeing lions, but there is never a shortage of wild animals on safari. They are likely to encounter prides of lions as well as elephants, giraffes and buffalo. Some of the more popular safari trips are intensive, with six-day options. On these longer tours, guests are more likely to witness events like the one captured in this video.
Hyenas vs. African wild dogs: What do they hunt?
Hyenas are known for being opportunistic – they will steal a meal every chance they get. However, this is the only risk they pose to African wild dogs. They don’t hunt them. They would rather stalk and use their hunting skills with distracting packs of wild dogs.
African wild dogs travel in packs of 10 to 40 individuals, which only increases their strength and makes them more effective hunters. Hyenas are larger, but African wild dogs are generally more skilled hunters. They are both carnivorous, although hyenas have a more flexible diet (they are opportunistic scavengers after all).
African wild dogs generally prefer warthogs, gazelles, rodents, wildebeest and birds, while hyenas prefer antelopes, zebras, rabbits, birds, snakes and more. In this video, you’ll go on a virtual safari on YouTube and see firsthand how these two species interact in the wild.
How do African wild dogs protect their prey?
The African wild dog is the epitome of teamwork. They are very territorial and will eagerly defend their territory and their prey. When the clip starts, you see a wild dog chasing a hyena trying to take the fruits of their hunt. Despite being significantly larger, the hyena fled.
Then, you watch wild dogs share their prey and never fight over it. They each take one piece. The narrator in the video later explained that the hyena had been following the pack of feral dogs. They are great hunters, and hyenas know it. The clip features more than 20 wild dogs on the hunt, ready to kill.
First, they tracked a herd of impalas and made their first kill. They were quick to move and fast to eat – from chasing it to devouring it in less than five minutes. The wild dogs celebrated in high spirits after their meal. Watch as the dingoes hunt and capture their next game – the baby impala.
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I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.
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