Endangered, elusive and charismatic: the African wild dog

It’s a crisp morning in Chobe National Park in Northern Botswana, and I am sitting a respectful meters from an African wild dog den, under the watchful gaze of a single guard. While the rest of the pack is hunting, this individual is guarding the six-week pups, whose presence is betrayed by an occasional yelp deep within the den.

At around 10 am of that morning, the other dogs came back from their morning hunting and under my eyes they started regurgitating pieces of meat for their young ones that were frustratingly hidden by vegetation. We witnessed dogs’ obvious affection as they greet, twitter and lick each other’s inside mouth as a sign to beg for food.

Everyone was snapping and smiling to his camera.


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