Monarto Safari Park

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Meet the playful dogs!

Monarto Safari Park is home to a pack of seven African Painted Dogs, Baraka, Onika, Ajani, Masikio, Bulu,  Amani and Sanaa. Bulu is the proud mother of the last litter, who were born in April 2021. This being the second successful litter at the park since 2008.

Baraka the breeding male, and his brother Onika were born in 2017 at Perth Zoo and were moved to Monarto Safari Park in late 2018. After one year, they were introduced to the two Bulu and have since been an established pack.

Sanaa, Masikio, Ajani and Amani, now almost adults, are very energetic and love chasing and playing with each other, especially through the water on warmer days.

These gorgeous dogs share the main drive-through habitat with the hyenas on a rotating basis. Sharing the habitat is a great stimulant for both species and this, coupled with environmental enrichment, ensures their senses are stimulated with variety. The dogs’ favourite enrichment is ostrich eggs and feathers, rhino dung and scented oils, which they have a ball investigating and rolling in.

African Wild Dogs roam the savannahs and lightly wooded areas of Africa and are considered to be among the continent’s most endangered species.

The African Wild Dog can trace its ancestry back some 40 million years. They have a unique evolutionary line and are one of the rarest species on the African continent.

They once ranged through 39 countries with a population of more than 500,000 individuals that thrived through the turn of the twentieth century. Today, their numbers are less than 7,000 and their population is quite fragmented.

Their shrinking world has been impacted primarily by human interference, including poaching, road kills, the spread of domestic dog disease and habitat fragmentation. These threats present the greatest challenge to the survival of African Wild Dog.

Best known for their famously large, round ears and multi-coloured coat, African Wild Dogs are very social and have a rich, cooperative pack life led by a dominant pair.

They are one of Africa’s most successful predators; hunting in large packs that pursue their prey in a long, open chases. These chases may occur at great speeds of up to 66kph for up to 60 minutes and stretch over great distances. Nearly 80% of all wild dog hunts end in a kill. In comparison, the success rate of lions, often viewed as ultimate predators, is only 30%.


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Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging.

We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.

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