Jan 242013
 


African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus)

Take some time to learn about the amazing social structure of the Lycaon pictus or “painted wolf”, the scientific name of the African Wild Dog. While it is true that this species is perhaps one of the most efficient hunters in Africa, it also may be one of the most tender hearted. Wild dogs will allow their young to feed first, have an extensive communal family structure, regurgitate meat for the young and less fortunate of the pack, and is one of the few species that will care for sick or injured members of their family. These and many other attributes make this a species worthy of protecting and defending its right to run free in the wild.

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.

Nikon D3s. Nikon 200-400 mm.
ISO 3200. f4 @ 1/500 Sec.
Lexar media.

© Dana Allen www.photosafari-africa.net

Dana Allen

Dana Allen

Professional Wildlife and Adventure Photographer, Naturalist, Publisher and Educator. Dana Allen was born in California and raised as a global citizen. As a youth he travelled widely, visiting and living in numerous countries around the world. Acquiring his first camera at the age of 12, Dana’s passion for photography has never dimmed. He studied Fine Art Photography in Arizona and was awarded both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree with highest honours. Dana has taught photography in Universities both in the United States and Zimbabwe. Enthused with the environment and its inhabitants, Dana is dedicated to portraying the natural world around us. He founded PhotoSafari in 1991 and has specialized in photographing wildlife, landscapes and tourism activities in Africa ever since. Millions of viewers have enjoyed his images through various publications, cards, calendars and books.

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Margarita Steinhardt

I was amazed to learn about their social behavior as well. So often perceived as the ruthless killers, their amazingly caring behavior towards their own is unknown by most. The fact that they feed the old and the sick in their pack, not just the young puts them apart from most other species living in packs.

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