We were lucky to find African Wild Dogs drinking from the Chobe River in Botswana. For three safari weeks we had been looking for them, but Lycaon pictus are an endangered species and very difficult to find.
Unless they are in their denning phase raising pups, they don’t stay in one place, are always out hunting. According to Wikipedia, there are only 6,600 individuals left on the planet. But the good news is, a friend who recently visited this same park (Chobe National Park) reported the pack was currently denning in the area, and had young pups. For more info about this fascinating mammal, click here.
After spotting the three individuals at the river, our skilled guide soon found the rest of the pack. They were enthusiastically jumping around, snorting and sniffing, excited about their recent impala kill (which we also found). This pack numbered about 8-10. They devoured their hunted kill, frolicked in celebration of their outstanding success, and then ran off.
Thrilled at finally seeing the wild dogs, after the pack left us we got out of the safari jeep and took photos of the only thing that remained: their feces.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander