Let sleeping dogs lie

Shaun Whiteman

Preston, United Kingdom

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Taken with a Canon 50D, Canon 100 – 400 L series lens @ 400mm, F5.6 shutter speed 1/400 second ISO200, edited in Photoshop

This shot was taken at Knowsley safari park, they have a wonderful pack of African wild dogs.

The African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus) is a carnivorous mammal of the Canidae family, found only in Africa, especially in scrub savanna and other lightly wooded areas. It is also called the Painted Hunting Dog, African Hunting Dog, the Cape Hunting Dog, the Spotted Dog, or the Painted Wolf in English, Wildehond in Afrikaans, and Mbwa mwilu in Swahili. It is the only species in the genus Lycaon.

The African Wild Dog has a pelage with an irregular pattern of black, yellow, and white, distinctive for each individual. The scientific name “Lycaon pictus” is derived from the Greek for “wolf” and the Latin for “painted”. It is the only canid species to lack dewclaws on the forelimbs.

Adults typically weigh 17-36 kilograms (37-79 pounds). A tall, lean animal, it stands about 30 inches (75 cm) at the shoulder, with a head and body length averaging about 40 inches (100 cm) and a tail of 12 to 18 inches (30-45 cm). Animals in southern Africa are generally larger than those in eastern or western Africa.

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