Cape Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus ssp. pictus)

I had many incredible encounters with wild dogs during my stay in Okavango. One hunt went straight through the camp!

Here you see a typical bonding behavior after a feeding. They made a kill the previous night, and at dawn I watched as they licked the last remains of the carcass accompanied with a wide range of social signalling and behavior.

Despite seeing them frequently in the protected areas, it is an endangered species, and each group I encountered had at least one with radio collar. All visitors were also encouraged to report every sighting to the protection project.

As usual humans pose the greatest threat!

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