|An unusual pooch. The ears are big to disperse heat.|
A few years ago I went to South Africa to hang out with biologists studying the painted dogs, a mid sized carnivore (60-70 pounds) whose dwindling population has made them Africa's most endangered mammal. When I was there in 2007, there were only about 5000 dogs left.
|Wild Dog biologists and friends|
|We spent the day in this vehicle |
using binoculars to follow the dogs.
We were lucky to be there during breeding season. And even luckier to observe denning behaviors.
|Our topic of study. She's looking at|
pups in a den dug in the ground.
|Where we stayed - Little Muck Lodge,|
Limpopo Province, South Africa
If wildlife biologists are successful in establishing a vast wildlife reserve that will span parts of Zambia, Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia, the painted dogs will get an opportunity to thrive. The Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) will be the size of Sweden.
|If you're into wolves, you'll want to know|
lots more about these unusual animals.