The day at the lion farm Bona Bona was a huge success and we all enjoyed it very much. For more behind the scenes stories (uncensored) and photos, visit our forum thread please.
I decided to deviate a bit from the usual lion photo and show the African wild dog which also occur on the farm. Edit: These animals are endangered and are bred in captivity to increase their numbers.
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Dec 18, 2006 10:13:05 amby VelvetMoxie Homepage »
Oh my....these, too are beautiful creatures! Quite different from the canines here, of course--I love those big ears and the markings are amazing! So when these are on a farm....are they still then wild or do they become tame with generations toward humans? Our wolves, of course look more like a husky breed while these have a look all their own. Are they ever captured and tamed or cross-bred with domestic breeds?
Dec 18, 2006 10:36:09 amby antong Homepage »
Lovely capture Piet. These dogs are quite rare - hopefully their numbers are increasing. I only get to see them when I DON"T HAVE MY CAMERA! LOL Oh well.
They are exceptional pack hunters and run their prey into the ground with exhaustion. Lovely composition.
Dec 18, 2006 3:48:52 pmby P.Winberg Homepage »
what an unusual unique creature...thankyou for sharing and thankyou for the explanation...so...they are behind a fence? Is there a reason for what looks almost like camouflage? coloring? Is it to blend in with their background? Too many questions...sorry.
Dec 18, 2006 4:53:45 pmby goodoleboy Homepage »
Great captures of these variegated creatures, Piet!
I'm not going to join the chorus of admirers and call these animals beautiful or marvelous. The dogs don't exactly look like your friendly neighborhood mutt. Admittedly, they are a masterpiece of natural evolution, and appear to be predatory scavengers, built for speed. The large ears indicate fine hearing instruments.