Canines of Africa

Canines of Africa

I found three different species of Canines on my safari.  The Spotted Hyena, the Jackal and the beautiful but endangered  Painted Wild Dog.

If you look closely at the Hyena pup’s eyes you will see the reflection of our safari van.  This photo was submitted to and  printed in one of the magazines that I subscribe to..

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Playground bully! Hyenas den up in road culverts and have their litter there.  These guys were playing just outside it along the road.

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Note the strong neck muscles on this adult Sportted Hyena.

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This Black-backed Jackal looks a lot like the family dog but I would not leave it alone with the kids!

Painted Dogs

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Lycaon pictus is a canine 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. Adults typically weigh 40–79 lb. A tall, lean animal, it stands about 30 in at the shoulder, with a head and body length of 30–56 in plus a tail of 12 to 18 in. Animals in southern Africa are generally larger than those in eastern or western Africa.These are the animals that killed the child at the Pittsburgh Zoo in November 2012.They look friendly but I almost had a run in with one on safari.I did a dumb thing and was sitting on the window edge of the safari van with my head and body stuck out taking some of these pictures.I looked down and one had snuck around the van and was ready to jump up and take a bite out of my butt.Needless to say I got my bod back into the van quickly.These animals are endangered.

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You will notice that the dog on the left has a tracking collar on.  This was the pack we came onto as we were traveling from the airport into the first game area.  Needles to say there was some mad scrambling for cameras as our guide had indicated that he did not think we would see anything until the next AM.

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