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Watercolour on Ashrad 200gsm watercolour paper

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

The African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus) is a medium-sized canid found only in Africa, especially in Savannahs and other lightly wooded areas. It is also called the Painted Dog, Painted Hunting Dog, African Hunting Dog, the Cape Hunting Dog, the Spotted Dog, the Ornate Wolf or the Painted Wolf in English, Wildehond in Afrikaans, and Mbwa mwitu in Swahili. It is the only extant species in the genus Lycaon, with one species, L. sekowei being extinct.

There were once approximately 500,000 African Wild Dogs in 39 countries, and packs of 100 or more were not uncommon. Now there are only about 3,000-5,500 in fewer than 25 countries, or perhaps only 14 countries. They are primarily found in eastern and southern Africa, mostly in the two remaining large populations associated with the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania and the population centred in northern Botswana and eastern Namibia.
Read more on Wikipedia

African hunting dogs are endangered. They are faced with shrinking room to roam in their African home. They are also quite susceptible to diseases spread by domestic animals.

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  1. 1. 28th July 2010 – FEATURED in Country Bumpkin
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  16. 16. 20th September 2013 – placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge A New Avatar/Nuwe Kenteken in ‘Afrikaans’
  17. 17. 26th March 2014 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge New Avatar in “Wild Africa”
  18. 18. 16th February 2015 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the New Avatar Challenge in “Wild Africa”

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 4 years ago

    Very beautifully painted. And thanks for the info. Are these dogs very aggressive or only when provoked?

  • Thanks Marsha! African Wild Dogs are very social animals that live in packs of 5-20 individuals; rarely as many as 60. They fill the ecological role or niche of the wolf in Africa. One of the most efficient of all predators, they do not hesitate to attack small hares or large zebras. They specialize in preying on medium-sized antelope including Thomson’s gazelle, impala, kob, lechwe and springbok. This species does not hunt in relays but rather depends on endurance that is greater than their prey. They can run at about 35 m.p.h. for 3 miles or more.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersover 4 years ago

    I don’t see these everyday, or should I say ever? Very nice Maree!

    1. Ha Ha! Neither do I, actually, Ken!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • craftloft
    craftloftover 4 years ago
  • Thank you Mariaan, also for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago

    Exellent artwork Maree, well done!

  • Many thanks Magaret!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    A beautiful painting of this endangered animal! Well done Maree. x

  • Thank you very much Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 4 years ago

    A wonderful painting of this beautiful animal:-)

  • Thank you so much Brenda!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 4 years ago

  • Ah Lori! This is utterly fantastic! I am very pleased and thank you so much! I’m totally ecstatic!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 4 years ago

    Wonderful painting Maree -I have seen National Geographic programmes on these dogs – they have such a wonderful social structure

  • Indeed they do Shulie, thank you very much!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your Feature..Stunning image..Well deserved!!

  • Thank you so much Jean, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Alicia R. Bernal
    Alicia R. Bernalover 4 years ago

    Your insightful quote reflects the very message of your beautiful image…

  • Thanks for that Alicia, it is indeed as I believe as well.

    – Maree Clarkson

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