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lizbrown Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 1 N: 24] (114)
This female wild dog is a member of a pack at the Dewildt breeding programme in South Africa. For more info on this programme:

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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lizbrown Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 1 N: 24] (114)
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Edited by:pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)

Hi Liz,

First I made a copy layer,

I extracted the wild dog,II added some saturation and sharpness on the dog,on the backgroud I used the burn tool to try to reduce
the OE BG,then I added a warm filter,

Hope you like it,