Nov 142017
 
Batty about Serengeti’s foxes

At the Grumeti Tented Camp in the Serengeti, we usually gathered at the open air lounge before first light for a cup of coffee and a rusk or muffin. This was a traditional meeting to work out where to go for the morning and discuss what we hoped to see. There were very few vehicles […]

Jul 312017
 
Climate change is increasing the mortality rate of African wild dog pups

New research suggests that African wild dogs’ chances of survival might be dealt a serious setback as global temperatures continue to rise. The African wild dog (Lycaon pictus), a native of sub-Saharan Africa, is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, which reports that there are only an estimated 6,600 adults in 39 subpopulations […]

Apr 112017
 
Video: 'Extinct' Mountain Dogs rediscovered in the wild

The New Guinea highland wild dog was feared extinct in the wild after nearly half a century without a confirmed sighting. But after a pawprint and other possible signs in 2016, researchers set up camera traps in their remote mountain habitat. What resulted were more than 140 photos showing at least 15 individual wild dogs. […]

Mar 012017
 
South Africa: Rich in National Parks

During my (relatively short, I might add) lifetime I have had the privilege of visiting the majority of South Africa’s national parks and game reserves. What a wealth of natural heritage we possess! When people from abroad look at some of the work in my photographic portfolio, they are amazed at the diversity of wildlife […]

Dec 292016
 
Doggone...

Let’s hope not. These African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus) are highly endangered in spite of their amazing hunting skills. Loss of habitat has lead to dwindling populations across the continent with an estimated five or six thousand left in the wild. Okavango Delta, Botswana With Mombo Camp            

Dec 082016
 
14 Incredible photos of African predators in action

Africa’s iconic predators—lions, leopards, hyenas, and wild dogs—are most known for being cunning, stealthy, and vicious. But these meat-eaters are often misunderstood. The fiercely loyal African wild dog lives in close-knit packs, caring for the babies of the matriarch and patriarch, communicating by touch, and nurturing those who are sick or injured. Vultures rarely attack […]

Jul 052015
 
Saving the dhole: The forgotten 'badass' Asian dog more endangered than tigers

Let’s start at the beginning: what’s a dhole? It’s not a giant fruit corporation. It’s not Homer Simpson’s catch phrase. It’s not welfare payment by a government. Dholes are actually wild canids, efficient predators and communal pack hunters. These rust-coloured carnivores roam the jungles and montane forests of Central and East Asia filling the humid […]

Dec 012014
 
Madikwe: May 2010 (Part 2)

We headed straight for the sighting of African Wild Dogs that was called in on the radio. When we found them they had moved from the side of the road and were staring intently at something deeper in the bushes – would we see them hunt? They soon lost interest in whatever was back there, […]

Aug 182013
 
Scientists map human-wildlife conflict in India

Designating protected areas in a country with 1.27 billion people comes with its own consequences: around each protected area in India lies a zone where wildlife strays out, and people stray in. Inevitably, there is contact, and more often than not, conflict. Human wildlife conflict has been under the lens for a long time. How […]

Aug 112013
 
Dhole – Indian Wild Dog

The Dhole, also know as the Indian Wild Dog is one of the most successful hunters from the Indian Forests. They have been placed under the ‘endangered’ category by IUCN due to loss of habitat and possible transfer of diseases from domestic and ferral dogs. They are highly social animals, and hunt in packs, often […]