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.