A lovely evening with a beautiful pack of African wild dogs

Hi folks,

I was lucky enough to have a chance to spend time with a pack of 21 African wild dogs the other day.  The Mapura pack is one of my favourite packs; they are all such beautiful dogs individually, and when they are all together it’s really a stunning sight.


We caught them the other day in that lovely African evening light and I just wanted to post a few photos to illustrate (just in case you were in any doubt!) the beauty of these endangered animals.

When we first caught up with the pack they were back-lit, with the light catching the grass:


Then we moved around them and had about 15 minutes of the lovely light:




As the sun started to go down, the dogs got a bit more active:




It was nice to see our collared female (Forax) looking so good.  She was the mother of the beta litter of pups in this pack, all eight of whom have survived to six months   Good job! Here she is with one of her pups.


And here are two male pups which are also from Forax’s litter – such striking markings on them both!


Eventually we left the pack to it and headed home.  What a lovely evening!  And a great reminder of why we are working so hard to conserve these animals for all future generations.



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  1. John Sargent
    Posted February 1, 2013 at 4:27 am | Permalink

    My Goodness Rosemary they are beautiful! And how rewarding it must feel to see such a large group together and so healthy looking.

  2. Pirjo
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Amazing pictures. That was most likely a magical moment for you, even though you have spent time with wild dogs a lot over the years. They are so beautiful!

  3. Posted February 7, 2013 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    These dogs are so beautiful. I love looking at them.

  4. Chong Gregory
    Posted March 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    it’s just breath taking sight, i would love to see more of this wonderful healthy packs, this reminds me that it can be done if we human give them a chance…

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