Wild dog on the move

Caption: An African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) moving at pace through the bush in Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Block, Botswana.

Photo Info: Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP); Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM; Focal Length: 95mm; Shutter speed: 1/30; Aperture: f8; ISO: 400.

African wild dogs, also known as Painted Dogs or Hunting Dogs, were re-introduced to the Tuli area in the far eastern corner of Botswana in November 2007 in the hope of establishing a viable pack in the region.

Wild dogs have in the past been hunted, shot, and poisoned as “vermin” and are now classified as endangered on the IUCN red list. Their numbers continue to dwindle and they’re now extinct in large areas over which they previously roamed, mainly as a result of habitat loss.

For more photos, see these Wild Dog Posters and Prints.

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