Conservation: The painted dog

We headed of to Zimbabwe to see the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus). We arrived late at night to the town Hwange where we met a lady with her ​​young girl. She kindly showed as a hostel where we could stay. Unfortunatley, it was full and it was pitch dark out side. The friendly lady then invited us home to her family.While we watched Jean Claude Van Damme kick 100′s of people s faces and drank orange juice with the family in a narrow room, she  made ​​our beds on the floor for us where we could sleep.

African wild dog

The wild dog is called in English ” the painted dog ,” and according us , it would be more accurate to call it the ” painted wolf “. Atleast it would avoid the misunderstanding that is commonly made. It’s mistaken by people that they are feral domestic dogs who adapted themselves out in the open, like the dingos in Australia. The African wild dog is in itself really is not related to the dog at all and is not possible to crossbreed with any other canid (dog animal). The name gives it therefore an undeserved bad reputation that it initially does not belong in the wild and that it does not matter important role in ecology. Apart from its role as an umbrella species, the African wild dog is actually important for many antiloparters survival.

But wait a second..(you might think)? The painted wild dogs are eating antelopes!? Almost 100% of their diet consist of antelopes, and one may thing this must affect antelope populations negatively?

While this is true, the painted dog hunts mainly generalist species which are common such as kudu, impala and duikers . For the painted dogs in Hwange, this represents 93% of the wild dog’s diet. This provides room for more specialized antelope species and increases the diversity in the area .

Conservation: The African wild dog in Zimbabwe
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  7 comments for “Conservation: The painted dog

  1. April 19, 2014 at 11:11

    That’s a real small elephant? not even a Week old? great and off course. sooo cute! love them.

    • April 19, 2014 at 12:01

      Yes it is. I don’t know about the age really but I tihnk it can’t be very old. Elephants are animals that grow on you. At first I wasnt that fond of them but after studying them for a long time their personalities grow and they become more and more amazing! 🙂

      • April 19, 2014 at 12:44

        I’ve been on safari in Kenya, and of all the animals i’ve loved the elephants the most. Especially when you see them in large groups of almost 40. it’s amazing! I saw a little one, it must have been a week or two, that one on your picture looks even smaller 😉
        I can imaging studying them must be even more of a ‘wow’ experience ;).

  2. April 19, 2014 at 12:48

    here’s a link to some pictures i’ve took of them in kenya.

    • April 19, 2014 at 13:10

      thanks for the link! 🙂

    • April 19, 2014 at 13:11

      I don’t have flickr but I must say that the pictures there are very beatiful! Great elephant pictures! Amboseli I see 😉

      • April 19, 2014 at 13:14

        yes indeed, Amboseli, lovely place! looking forward to yours soon, greetings, lobke

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