Roaming around at #lumoconservancy in #kenya we once decided to get an overview of the area. Therefore, we drove up a little hill, raised our binoculars and scanned the vast green plains of this small but beautiful wildlife conservancy. All at once and almost simultaneously Laura and I said: „What‘s running down there...? WILD DOGS!!??“ We rushed down the hill in order to be able to get a glimpse of these elusive and highly endangered mammals. As you can see on the photos we succeeded and luckily observe the painted wolves for about three hours resting, strolling around and even almost(!) hunting. As we finally parted ways we have been so damn happy to have had the luck and the honor to spend some exclusive time with these beautiful creatures. Back at our camp #lionsbluff, a ranger told us that they haven‘t seen wilddogs in Lumo for several months. Such a privilege! #paintedwolves#wilddogs#wilddogconservation#whyilovekenya#safarimoments
This was the first Wild Dog I ever saw. 2013 at Mkhuze Game Reserve. I remember every second of this sighting and the moments leading up to it & will never forget the two pregnant females both with 3 legs due to snaring.
It was our last day at the reserve and we spent the day driving around looking for any predators as we hadn't seen any yet.
After no luck and me being the grumpy human I am - I decided I would go for an afternoon swim to sulk.
It was there I met a lady (Cathy Hue) that was here monitoring for @wildlife_act - she was monitoring the leopards there. We ended up chatting and I told her about all my game reserve adventures and she asked me what have I never seen before. I went through the list pangolin, honeybadger, wild dog - and she stopped me.
She looked at her watch and it was 4.58pm. She very casually told me I should take a drive to the one picnic site within the reserve and I might be lucky.
I remember thinking this lady is crazy. You can't just look at your watch and know what's what. Anyway I was grumpy and desperate to see a predator and asked my dad to drive me to the picnic site.
We turned a corner and started to drive slower as we couldn't see a thing. When suddenly all we saw were these quick flashes of tails moving in the grass next to the car.
Next thing a pack of 13 dogs got up from the grass and we watched and followed them for an hour.
I had never seen wild dogs before and to be honest had no idea what they looked like - but at that very moment I got goosebumps and knew this was a special animal
Whenever you speak to someone about a wild dog sighting they all have this moment when they know this animal is unique and they know the sighting they are witnessing is incredible.
I'm hoping to bring this feeling to the screen. I want you to fall in love with dogs like I am. I want you to see them for their amazing characteristics and family dynamics. I want you to be Part Of The Pack - because without us sharing this message, this animal will become more and more under threat until a creature no one knows or is talking about disappears... Picture by: Me, Emily.
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I'd much rather prefer to eat my donut, Momma, than do your workout 🍩🍩
Greetings from the great beaches of #Goa! Check out the #wilddogs and the one who wandered into our cafe and chose to guard us for the morning. Travel in India is not always perfect, we’ve been very tired and you have to find the beauty amongst rubble. We also picked up a new friend Beth for the next stretch of travel. It’s hard to get a good signal, so sorry if I don’t respond but I enjoy your comments! Sending you my love from across the world 💚🇮🇳🌎 #ImIntoYaIndia
To be very clear! This picture is downloaded from Google, so it is completely random!
This beautiful creature is not a hyaena, but a wild dog. They are amazing hunters, loyal in their packs and intelligent beyond belief. And they are unfortunately a very threatened species. Some people don't see this animal as an species who needs our protection and admeration, but instead see them as a problem. If you guys could only see these amazing creatures up close, see how they maintain a hierachy in the pack, but still takes care of each other, like a real family. They leave no one behind, will bring food if one of them is too weak to hunt, if this doesn't deserve admeration, I don't know what really does.
Please remember, even if you can't see them, they are still endangered, even if you're miles away, they are still being poached and/or killed in some other way. So if you ever have a chance to help an animal, any animal! Please do. Maybe share this or make a post of your own to raise a bit awareness about this lovely animal. ❤️👆The only way we can save nature is to respect and take it seriously when it can no longer stand for itself!