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PostSubject: African Wild Dog   Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:41 pm

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Lycaon pictus is a canid found only in Africa, especially in savannahs and lightly wooded areas. It is variously called the African wild dog, African hunting dog, Cape hunting dog, painted dog, painted wolf, painted hunting dog, spotted dog, or ornate wolf.

It is the largest African canid and is the world’s second largest extant wild canid behind only the gray wolf. It is the only canid species to lack dewclaws on the forelimbs. The African wild dog hunts in packs and small groups. Like most members of the dog family, it is a cursorial hunter, meaning that it pursues its prey in a long, open chase. Nearly 80% of all wild dog hunts end in a kill; for comparison, the success rate of lions, often viewed as ultimate predators, is only 30%.

This amazing portrait was taken by Morkel Erasmus in Zimbabwe. He says he took the shot while lying on his belly in Mana Pools National Park.

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PostSubject: Re: African Wild Dog   Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:12 pm

That is a fantastic picture ... they look a little like the Hyena ..

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PostSubject: Re: African Wild Dog   Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:15 pm

A very good predator - pack hunters x
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PostSubject: Re: African Wild Dog   Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:16 pm

Hyenas run in packs too i believe .x

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PostSubject: Re: African Wild Dog   Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:36 pm

They do with a dominant male and female x
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PostSubject: Re: African Wild Dog   Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:15 pm

Looks like my Eva Puppy Dog!

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PostSubject: Re: African Wild Dog   Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:45 pm

It does too!
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PostSubject: Re: African Wild Dog   Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:17 pm

cute ears

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