Today over lunch, I was informed by the chairman of Kenya Wildlife Trust, Mr. Allan Earnshaw of a sighting of four wild dogs in the Mara at a place called Hamerkop bridge. The person who reported this was the cheetah researcher, Dr. Femke.
After full confirmation, I informed my guest and we headed out to the location to witness this rare sighting in recent years in the Mara. I know there have been sighting of a few wild dogs on the Mara triangle not long ago, but on the eastern side of the reserve, it has been long. We have had a few sightings in the neighbouring conservancies recently, and we are now living in high hope that this is an indication of a return of the painted wolves.
When left camp, Rekero, I was held up briefly by a sighting of a black Rhino. However, we shortly carried on our mission to find the dogs. I followed the directions to the spot where the dogs were and I must say it was all excitement when we saw the four dogs under some croton bushes, sleeping. After we had a good view we left briefly and then came back again. We found the warden had arrived at the sighting to control the vehicle. There were many people who came to see them. We spent time with them until late when we returned to camp.
The big question now is where did the dogs come from? We believe, they are the ones that have been seen at Olkinyei, Olare Orok and Mara North conservancies (near Aitong) the dogs were very relaxed and we hope they will settle nearby.
The dogs resting under croton bush near Hamerkop bridge
One of the dogs
One of the dogs resting