African wild dogs show off their wonderful playful nature

Hi folks,

I just wanted to share with you a few photos I took recently whilst watching the Batanai Pack in the Save Valley Conservancy.  The Batanai Pack is still 30 dogs, having had 12 pups last year and 100% pup survival to date!

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The 12 pups are now about 9 months old and are wonderfully charismatic little fellows; bold and beautiful.  And full of energy!!!

They found me very interesting:

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And then once they had tired of checking me out, they did what wild dog pups do…. played!!

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Just a wonderful, wonderful sight to watch.  I was smiling for the rest of the day!  It’s always great to get a chance to get out of the office and spend time with the dogs. and sightings like this remind us just why we are working so hard to conserve this magnificent species.

How can anyone seriously still consider these vermin?

Rosemary

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One Comment

  1. John Sargent
    Posted February 26, 2013 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photos Rosemary. I can feel their enthusiasm and energy as they play and romp around!- so important in their development to adulthood.

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