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African Wild Dog

African Wild Dog
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Copyright: Liz Brown (lizbrown) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 1 N: 24] (114)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-11-01 11:44
Viewed: 4541
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This female wild dog is a member of a pack at the Dewildt breeding programme in South Africa. For more info on this programme: www.dewildt.org.za/breedingwilddog.htm

This species is highly endangered with the current estimate for wild dogs in the wild being approximately 3500 with about 500 in South Africa.

I have cropped, clarified and adjusted the brightness, shadows and saturation of this photo. She is a very light female and unfortunately she was in the shade and the background was bright sunlight. Any advice on how to deal with this would be welcome.

The African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus),is a mammal of the canidae family, and thus related to the domestic dog. It is the only species in monotypic genus, Lycaon, and the only species in the canid family to lack dewclaws on the forelimbs. They are found in scrub savanna and other lightly wooded areas. The Latin name of the species means painted wolf and it is characteristic of the species that no two individuals have the same pattern of coat which is an irregular pattern of black, yellow, and white. Some areas of the body are nearly hairless, and the skin is black.

African Wild Dogs hunt in packs. Their main prey are impala and similar medium sized animals. They're known for their stamina and for being clever hunters; they have been observed hunting prey in relays, or even blocking a potential escape route for prey. As a result, African Wild Dogs enjoy the highest kill per hunt rate of predators on the savannah (up to 98%). Members of a hunting pack vocalize to help coordinate their movements. Their voice is characterized by an unusual chirping or squeaking sound, similar to a bird. After a hunt, dogs will often regurgitate meat for members of the group that have stayed behind, including the old, the lame, the pups, and subordinate adults who have taken on the responsibility of caring for the pups. Their need for a large territory has led to the situation where today they are threatened with extinction. Their relatively small physique also makes them vulnerable to attacks by their competitors, lions and hyenas. The dogs are also killed by livestock herders and game hunters. They tend to be elusive and unlike most other members of the dog family, are extremely difficult to tame.

They have a highly complex social system, within which related adult members cooperate to produce a single litter of pups annually. The breeding female occupies a den while she bears the pups, usually selecting an abandoned burrow. Most populations have more males than females because more male pups appear in litters. It is very unusual among mammals to have this kind of gender bias. Females are more likely to disperse from the natal group, and they readily join packs which have no sexually mature female members. In packs with more than one female, only one will be allowed to breed, leading to vicious rivalry between females. Reference: Wikipedia

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Hi Liz,

Well captured wild dog,sharp and detailed,its a bit OE as you said (I made a WS and tried to improve the shot a bit),A possibility is,if you can shoot in RAW mode with your camera than you have later the possibility to change a bit if you have an Over or Under exposed picture.


I adore these dogs, though it looks overexposed in places it is a good picture.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
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Hello Liz

I was unfamiliar with this animal so your post is most welcome.Great job showing the interesting pattern on the dog's coat.I would imagine it would be difficult to see in it's natural range.Good POV , and composition.TFS


Hi Liz,
Very interesting capture, I guess this is the first time I saw a picture of this rare animal. Very nice image at natural environment. It seems that sunligth was very bright at time shot was taken. I wish it was not under the tree, visible patchy shadows of tree canopy slightly affect 'clearness' of the beauty skin colors of this wild dog.
Great shot. TFS.

Ben Lakitan

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