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African Wild Dog - In the wild!

 
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Oct 08, 2011 19:42 |  #1

During a trip to Botswana I was fortunate enough to hang out with a researcher deep into some studies on a particular pack of Wild Dogs in the Eastern Tuli Block region, close to the Limpopo River. We tracked and documented the movements of the pack during a week in the field, camping by night and scouting by day. One of the best wildlife interaction adventures of my life.

This image is taken in the early hours of the day just as the pack was organizing for a hunt.

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Oct 09, 2011 08:46 |  #2

Man, what a great experience that must have been! Nice capture too!

Painted wolves are one of the most facinating carnivores of Africa. Far under-appreciated imo.

Any links to the researchers work?




  
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Oct 09, 2011 08:58 |  #3

Hi Rich,
The research is continuing at the Mashatu Reserve in Botswana. The researcher is a young guy by the name of Craig Jackson (external link) and along with another large cat researcher is one of the central focus points for a Ning social network.

http://tulipredatorpro​ject.ning.com (external link)

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Oct 09, 2011 15:33 |  #4

Oh come on! you must have taken more than one photo, dont torture us with just one. I love these dogs.
That must have been an amazing experience.




  
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Oct 09, 2011 15:58 |  #5

nice shot


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Oct 09, 2011 18:24 |  #6

Hey there Whippeticious, just for you then. Here's another shot of one of the pack members. They were all numbered but for me they are so much more than numbers. Stunning animals. They had learned to use the firebreaks as hunting channels, insofar as they would stalk prey visually via the firebreaks and then pounce at the very last moment. The highlight of the trip was hanging off the front of a Land Rover front end with a HD Video camera filming from the animals perspective inside the pack as they started out on a hunt, truly memorable.

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Oct 10, 2011 13:29 |  #7

WOW! Outstanding!


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Oct 10, 2011 23:54 |  #8

Thanks for the kind comments. These little guys are a stunning subject and even more so when seen in the wild.

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Oct 11, 2011 00:11 |  #9

These dogs are getting endangered...in Kenya there are only 2 or 3 packs left.


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Oct 11, 2011 00:47 |  #10

Yes I know, it's very sad. The whole wildlife aspect in Africa is threatened as monetary value stacks up for their body parts too. These wild dogs are seen simply as a pest and Farmers are happy to shoot on sight to protect their animal stocks. Even in Botswana where there are few fences and a relatively small farming population the disappearance of packs from protected land tracts is disconcerting.

Shame to hear of the situation in Kenya.

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Oct 11, 2011 16:24 |  #11

Love those big ears!




  
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Oct 13, 2011 08:03 |  #12

Are these the same dogs they showed on Plant Earth doing their hunt?




  
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Oct 13, 2011 08:12 |  #13

Same species yes, different pack for sure. I photographed these in the Northern Tuli Block in south East Botswana. If memory serves, the sequence of the Wild Dogs hunting was either in the Kalihari Desert or in the Okovango Delta, Botswana.

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Oct 13, 2011 08:17 |  #14

It was in the Kalihari Desert. They shot it from a helicopter. What was impressive was the way they worked as a collective. Pretty intelligent animals. Why are they dying off? Are they being poached or what is the cause of their declining numbers?




  
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Oct 13, 2011 08:28 |  #15

The camera is called a Cineflex, goes for about a cool $1m when mounted in the Gimbal gyroscope. Used extensively these days in most Blue Chip natural history productions.

Sadly the wild dogs in Africa are generally seen as a pest by farmers who will happily shoot first and ask questions later, pretty much the norm there now. This to protect their own livestock and land. The only asset they may have to poachers are their coats which are pretty unique in their patterns. I've not heard of them being poached though.

Check that social network I linked to earlier for updates and news on the pack that this one belongs to in Botswana.

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