A meeting with a Painted wolf family
The Painted wolf is one of the big reasons why I travel to Zimbabwe and Mana Pools this weekend. The Painted wolf, aka Painted dog, is probably the species I like the most among the big predators of Africa and this is the story about the second time we stumbled upon them during the Mobile Safari in Botswana 2011.
This is by far the best Painted wolf sighting I have had. Just to see this pack of 10 animals, four adults and six playful puppies was something extra and to have the pleasure of staying with them for an hour for ourselves was nice indeed.
The sighting was made on the way to Kasane as we needed more fuel and food for the last two days during our nine days adventure in the bush of Botswana. We stopped at one point, not that far from the gate as we saw a vehicle whom seemed to be parked at an odd place. It didn´t take long until the first Painted wolf pup broke free and shortly after it went straight for the big herd of Impalas that was further out on the dry riverbed.
This picture is taken when the complete pack has come out and they all, more or less, look at Impala herd that took off as soon as they saw the first Painted wolf appear on the riverbed. You can also comprehend the fluctuations of the river just by looking at this picture. When the Chobe River is full then all in this picture will be covered in water. I would guess that it is more than 100 meter from where the Painted wolves are in the picture until you reach the water’s edge. And, water attract animals making Chobe National Park teeming with life as it has one of the highest concentration of wildlife in Africa.
Sadly we had to abandon the family as we had the need of getting fuel and food in Kasane, not the easiest mission I can say. To our surprise the pack was still present when we got back from Kasane so we stopped and watch the interaction between the young and adults for an extended period. A really magnificent experience and something I hope to enjoy many times more.
If you like you can read about my second sighting of the endangered Painted wolf at this blog post: Painted Wolf.
And, please keep your fingers crossed that I will meet them again during my week in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe.