Underdogs: The fight to save South Africa's wild dogs
In a poll, run on our website during 2011, we asked Wild readers to tell us which one animal kept eluding them on a game drive. The answer to this, with by far the most votes, was none other than the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus). This confirmed just how few wild dogs are left and how privileged we are to come across them in the wild.
Underdogs - the fight to save South Africa's wild dogs by Neil Aldridge
In his book, Neil Aldridge explains that the name ‘wild dog’ is often the reason why wild dogs are blamed for so many attacks. The name can be misunderstood to encompass all wild, dog-like animals including hyenas, wolves and jackals. In our country, with so many different languages, it is easy to see how the name can cause confusion. It is for this reason that people are proposing a more suitable name, such as ‘painted dog’, be adopted.
There are as few as 3 000 individuals living in the wild and with very large home ranges, tracking their movements can be extremely challenging. Radio collars have proved invaluable to researchers and are helping to protect these animals with further insights into behaviour.
Underdogs outlines the struggles that our most efficient hunting dogs face and the challenges they have to meet, particularly those involving human development and a poor public understanding of the species. The book also acknowledges the good work being done by conservation organisations to save wild dogs from extinction. Alongside the text, the photographs manage to capture the beauty and fragile existence of these animals.
By buying Underdogs you not only enrich your knowledge but help to make a difference to the future of this endangered species (a percentage from the sale of each book is donated to wild dog conservation efforts).
I recommend this book for anyone who would like to learn more about wild dogs while having something beautiful to page through.
Want to win one a copy of Underdogs? Simply answer the following question: How many wild dogs are estimated to be living in the wild? Send your answer and Wild Card number to firstname.lastname@example.org before 30 November 2012 and you could be one of our lucky winners!
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