The African wild dog is known by many names, including Cape hunting dog, African hunting dog and painted dog. Its scientific name, Lycaon pictus, means “painted wolf”, which refers to the African wild dog’s fur pattern, which features red, black, brown, white, and yellow colouration.
In terms of the African wild dog’s physical appearance, each dog has its own unique coat pattern, while they all share a sense of fun, a gentleness of soul and co-operative spirits, which makes them one of Africa’s most enigmatic creatures. Sightings of these boisterous canines bring excitement to any safari in southern Africa, and if you are lucky enough to find them on a chase … make sure your seatbelt is buckled tight!
Learn more about the beautiful painted wolf and its continued fight for survival and space in an increasingly fragmented natural environment here.
African wild dogs are classified as endangered on the IUCN’s Red List, and gained notable attention after the Dynasties documentary by Sir David Attenborough; sadly, however, the population continues to decline.
As leaders in conservation tourism, Wilderness Safaris has a number of camps where you can regularly see African wild dogs in all their glory.
If the “painted wolf” is on your bucket list of animals to see in the wild, these are the camps you need to visit …
Chitabe – Botswana
Chitabe is located in the Chitabe Concession, which covers 22 000 hectares of pristine Okavango Delta wilderness. This unique area harbours a massive variety of habitats within close proximity, giving rise to a surprising diversity of species. The mix of Okavango and Kalahari ecosystems makes for an excellent home to an abundant array of herbivores: giraffe, buffalo, red lechwe, tsessebe, impala and elephant, which in turn support the larger predators: lion, leopard, spotted hyaena, cheetah, and of course, wild dog.
Read here about Camp Manager Moalosi’s African wild dog adventures during lockdown, and how he spent time watching and learning more about these wondrous creatures who make up the Chitabe logo.