10 best places to see wild dogs in South Africa
- Monday, 8 December 2014
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Probably the most distinctive feature of African wild dogs is the big, round ears. They're nothing like a domestic dog's.
They're nothing like a wolf's either, yet this beautiful Cape hunting dog, or painted dog as it's also known, is given the Latin name Lycaon pictus, meaning 'painted wolf-like animal', because it is closest in nature to a wolf.
Their hide is different from a dog's too - covered with irregular patches of black, brown, red, white and yellow fur. Wild dogs have a black, furrow-like vertical line on the forehead between the eyes that is rather endearing. And they have onl...