A lone Hyena fights off a Wild Dog pack of 8. by africaddict

From an amazing encounter in the Sabie Sands- Sth Africa recently. The cackling/laughing sounds of the hyena coupled with the squalling squadron of wild dog was amazing.
Normally encounters like this are very fleeting, lasting just seconds, with the hyena running off quickly, but this situation was a little different, as the lone Hyena was trapped by the high bank and water with the wild dog flanking it on both sides.
At one stage the hyena viciously bit down on the neck of one wild dog and it let out a an almighty howl, the wild dog started to wear it down by continually biting his rear and it became a battle of attrition and “backs to the wall”, eventually the hyena thought it was better taking his chances with the gaping jaws of a hippo and sit it out in the water.
Wild dog have an inherent fear of water and it’s association with crocs so they kept their distance and eventually got bored with it all and moved off to find other prey.

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Who let the dogs out? by MarselvanOosten

It feels like ages since I’ve been here. Last month I’ve been trying to catch up on ‘regular’ work after months of very intensive traveling, running tours across the planet since February. But then we decided to do some more shooting, resulting in three weeks in the bush without internet. Well, that’s my excuse anyway.

I’m currently processing images, preparing prints, working on a book, planning new photo tours, planning existing ones, updating tour PDF’s, and the list goes on and on. We’re running a couple of tours to Botswana next year, which made me have a look at my images from our last visit there, eight years ago. I usually have very little time to do any processing, so most of my images are just in folders, waiting patiently for me to open them someday. In this case it took me eight years to have a second look at 6715 images from Botswana and to finally process this wild dog image. It’s crazy.

Anyway, wild dogs are cool. They have the most amazing social structure, they make funny sounds, they look fantastic, and following them on a hunt is among the most exhilarating safari experiences you will every have. Once they start running, they don’t stop. They simply follow their prey until it is too exhausted to run any further. And then they rip it to shreds. While it’s still alive. Nature at its most brutal.

The African wild dog is classified as endangered by the IUCN, as it has disappeared from much of its original range. The current population has been estimated at roughly 39 subpopulations containing 6,600 adults, only 1,400 of which are fully grown. The decline of these populations is ongoing, due to habitat fragmentation and human persecution. The usual suspects. As a result, they’re not easy to find, but there are a few spots where your chances of finding them are relatively high. One of those places is in Botswana.

If you would like to see wild dogs, then you should try your luck on our 2016 Botswana tour. Which is not only focused on wild dogs by the way. The area that we will visit, is famous for the interaction between lions and buffalo. We’re basically planning to stalk the lions, hoping that we will witness a hunt. I’ve been lucky to see it a couple of times, and it’s adrenaline-charged action.

We have two openings left on our 10-19 April tour, and only one on our 25 April – 4 May trip. If you’re interested, please have a look at my website for more information:

Squiver Photo Tours & Workshops

Hope to see you there!



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