The Charismatic African Wild Dog
African wild dogs have suffered one of the most dramatic declines of any mammal species on the continent – down to less than 5 000 of their original estimated number of 500 000. One of the two largest remaining populations today is in the game-viewing paradise of northern Botswana. This area is a vital stronghold for the dogs, since its large tracts of wilderness dedicated to conservation are perfect for the large home ranges that this species needs.
More about this species
The African wild dog, Lycaon pictus, has many names. ‘Painted dog’ is thanks to its striking coat patterns, while ‘hunting dog’ draws attention to the way this animal lives and hunts in large packs, often pursuing prey in long chases. These characteristics, as well as its highly social behaviour, peculiar vocalisations and caring parent-offspring nature, make the dog both fascinating and entertaining to see.
Where to see them
While wild dogs can be seen in our concessions in Zimbabwe and Zambia, in Botswana, the best camps to see them are Savuti, DumaTau and Kings Pool in the Linyanti Concession together with Chitabe, Mombo, Vumbura Plains and Little Vumbura in the Okavango Delta.
Please read more about the conservation status of the African wild dogs and why they face such a precarious future.