The African Wild Dog is an amazing pack animal with superb hunting skills, recognized as a generalist predator mainly feeding on impala and medium sized antelope. It occupies a variety of habitats, mainly plains, semi-desert, bushy savannas and upland forest. This past week we were lucky enough to come across a pack of about 30 African Wild Dogs, including 10 pups on our game drive. This was indeed a very fortunate event as in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park here in South Africa there is an approx. total of 105 wild dogs. The wild dog is listed as an endangered species in Africa, with the total number now between 3000-5500 left in the wild. The species is currently on a decreasing population trend due to conflict with human activities and infectious disease. Most of the population is now restricted to game reserves in southern Africa.
I feel very privileged to have had such an amazing sighting. We were with them for about 40min, first as they rested in the rain in tight groups, then as they moved all around the car, sparring with each other, then as the pups started to get active, and then they disappeared down the road and into the wild.
Enjoy the photos of this beautiful animal!