The rare Painted Wolves!
Sabie Sands, South Africa.
The African Wild dogs, also called Painted hunting dogs or Painted wolves, are highly endangered.
They live in packs that are usually dominated by a monogamous breeding pair. The female has a litter of 2 to 20 pups, which are cared for by the entire pack.
These dogs are very social, and packs have been known to share food and to assist weak or ill members.
Wild dogs hunt in formidable, cooperative packs. They hunt antelopes and will also tackle much larger prey, such as wildebeests. The dogs supplement their diet with rodents and birds.
Wild dogs are threatened by shrinking space to roam in their African home. They are also quite susceptible to diseases spread by domestic animals.
It's always a treat to bump into a pack and be able to observe their special social interactions.