Thank you for your great response to my Vultures and especially to Rob (bobsblues) and Fred263 for their UA's ....much appreciated.....
Today I have a story about one of Africas most endangered mammals.....The Wild dog (Lycaen pictus) also known as The painted dog.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT VERSIONS 4-11 ARE VERY GRAPHIC AND WERE CAPTURED BY OUR RANGER AT THE GAME FARM AND NOT ME...THE ALPHA FEMALE WAS CAUGHT IN A SNARE LAST MONTH AND AS THEY ARE HIGHLY ENDANGERED AND SHE HAD YOUNG PUPS THEY DECIDED TO INTERVENE AND CALL IN THE VET TO DART HER AND OPERATE IN THE BUSH.
African wild dogs are specialized predators typically residing in packs of between 10-20 dogs. They are identified by their large round ears (V2) blotchy brown,black and white bodies, white tipped tails, long legs, slender bodies and distinctive stripe extending from behind the head. Wild dogs are chiefly diurnal, active during the day...hunting morning or late afternoon.
When it comes to reproduction it is only the Alpha male and female who mate. ( Hence the reason for stepping in to save her) Whelping takes place between march and July when hunting is easiest. The gestation period is 69-73 days culminating in 2-10 pups.
During hunting they rely on sight so avoid tall or thick grass,
The entire pack hunts together, they will attack their victims of all sizes from large eland to small hares, although impala is their favourite food source. Larger packs have been known to take zebra and wildebeest.
Their organized method of hunting enables them to bring down there prey quickly, sometimes in a few seconds. The prey is immediately fed upon sometimes while the prey is still alive.
Wild dogs are intensely social animals spending almost all of their time in close association with each other.
Several threats to wild dogs include conflict with humans, habitat fragmentation and infectious disease.
Only 1-4 are mine...the rest taken by our ranger, sorry for the large upload but wanted to share the story...mine were captured a year ago, before I knew how to use a camera. V9 is her young pups standing anxiously watching the operation
Have a nice day...
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