A meeting with a pack of African Wild Dogs
African Wild Dogs is one of the big reasons why I travel to Zimbabwe and Mana Pools in July next month. The African Wild Dog is probably the species I like the most among the big predators of Africa.
It might be a little strange to hear me say this as I am cat lover. Still I think they are much more interesting than the big cats of Africa because of them being a curious and social pack animal. In short they are most often much more interesting to photo due to these facts.
So far I have met the African Wild Dogs on three occasions. The first time in South Africa and the two in Botswana. It has been three different types of sightings. The first was a short and intense meeting with three African Wild Dogs, you can see pictures from that meeting in my Album from the Krüger Park.
They had killed an Impala, but left the remains. We where lucky to caught up with them along the road as they hadn´t moved far. The male was marking territory and he was really curious when we approached him and his two companions. It was five intense minutes and my first glimpse of this beautiful animal.
The second meeting, where in the famous Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana, and all the pictures in this gallery is from that meeting.
This meeting lasted for almost 30 minutes.
I think we had a pack of twelve African Wild Dogs in total. Most of them where lying down in the tall grass waiting for the hot hours to go away, except one individual that clearly was trying to persuade the others to join in on a hunt.
They also had an audience in the form of a couple of Vultures that waited for them to get active. Vulures are most often a great way of finding predators for the safarigoer and sadly poachers have started to kill Vultures in areas where they are doing their dirty business. They simply wants to remove the natural indicator of a carcass present by killing them with poisoned meat.
We had to leave the pack of African Wild Dogs as the hour was late and we needed to have our sun downer before moving back to our camp before sunset.
It was a really nice ending to a great day on safari even if I think I got carried away by the sighting as it really didn´t produce the pictures that I wanted. Still I got a couple of nice shots that you can see in the gallery.
I will leave the third meeting for another post so you will have to do with these pictures for the time being.