The African Wild Dog (Lycaon Pictus) is an amazing animal that has been pushed to the brink of extinction by the encroachment of man upon their vast habitats. The memoirs of Karen Blixen (Out of Africa) tell tales about pack of over 400 dogs roaming the plains of Kenya - none are seen there regularly anymore. This photo was taken in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe, one of the last strongholds of this species.
This male came VERY close to me (I was lying on my stomach).
For more info on the conservation efforts, click HERE
You can join me and Marlon du Toit on a Wild Eye safari to Mana Pools in July 2013 - more details HERE
I personally cannot wait to return and introduce other people who are passionate about wildlife and photography to this piece of African Eden.