Friday, 13 April 2012

African Wild Dogs: The Untamed Wolves Of The South

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Wolves get all the glory. They were once the world's most ubiquitous canids and, despite being decimated by traps, weapons and our destruction of their habitat, have managed to reclaim some original territory thanks to conservation efforts. Of course, wolves also get credit for blowing down pigs' houses, eating granny, raising the founders of Rome... and being the progenitors of domestic dogs.

But there are other canids out there that have never snuggled up on the hearth. Powerful, majestic and free from our genetic tinkering, the largest and arguably most successful of these is the African wild dog.

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