Dogs – Of the African Wild Variety

I first encountered African wild dogs at the zoo in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, a state to the south of where we live.  I’m not sure how, but I’d never encountered them before.  When we became members at Brookfield Zoo, I discovered a whole habitat for African wild dogs that allows them to run around and, well, be dogs.


This agile little fellow spotted the meat hanging from a tree, which handlers do in order to keep the dogs’ hunting behaviors sharp.  While they’re not pet dogs, this one sure looked like what my dog would look like if she came across steak in a tree.


Hut!  Hut!  Up he goes.

I love the ruff on the back of their neck and shoulders.  They’re really pretty, with rounded ears that definitely give them a not-dog appearance.


Success!  You really get an idea of their physical power when you watch an animal like this pull meat off a hanging thingie.


Look at that face!  More like a bear than a dog, yes?  He caught sight of his mates squabbling over some bones over in another part of the enclosure.


The interesting thing here was that the smaller dog kept whining and what we think must be a growl when the bigger one wanted to take the rack of ribs away.  They did not bite each other, however.  Only the bones.


The interloper didn’t dive right in between the other two, but waited around the edges without making noise or getting too close.


The third one circled to investigate, but went back to his steak in a tree.


The two kept arguing over who would get the rib rack.  Again, neither one bit the other; they only vocalized, (the smaller one did, anyway), and circled around the bones.

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14 Replies to “Dogs – Of the African Wild Variety”

    1. That’s how the wolves are at Brookfield. As much as I love the idea of them having a lot of space, I’m always disappointed when I don’t see them. 🙂 Feeding time is a good thought; I’m not sure when they feed the wolves.

      Thank you for stopping by! Happy blogging!

  1. Gosh, you’re so sweet to promote us all. Why didn’t I think of that? ~sigh~ As for African wild dogs are beautiful and fun to watch. Our Cincinnati Zoo recently added a nice enclosure for them to run around with some other species. Be well!
    Awakening Dreams and Conquering Nightmares with a Pen
    I’m really enjoying my little focus on music this month. Thank you for getting me into blogs and this challenge, as well.

    1. You can always start doing it ~grin~. I made a “backmatter” file with what I wanted to say and saved it in Word. Irony? I misspelled one of the words and didn’t catch it until a couple posts in. Sigh. 🙂

      I want to visit the Cincinnati Zoo! We should throw Wray in the car and come out and do that one of these visits. That and the Columbus Zoo. I forget which one Jack Hanna is working with; she really likes him a lot. I also want to see the Botanic Gardens of either city, I forget which, that Jeanne Rose donated her herbal library to. I want to see some of those volumes – she’s got stuff spanning back to Egypt and Persia. Amazing collection.

      I’m so pleased that you’re having fun with the challenge! I look forward to your posts each day so I can read about bands with which I’m not yet familiar. The only one I’ve recognized so far is Disturbed. 🙂

    1. I agree, I wouldn’t want to come upon them on a hike either! Their faces remind me a little bit of hyenas, actually. I think it’s the rounded ears and the snouts.

      Thank you for visiting! Happy blogging, and good luck in the challenge!

  2. Wow what great pictures, so pretty. I have to admit, though, that immediately when I saw them I thought “WOLF!” which may be way off, I don’t know. Wild dog Wolves??

    I love reading about wolves, ever since my first favorite classic (??) “Where the Red Fern Grows.” Always in the books I read they talk about how wolves are so honorable and have such a strong since of family. I don’t know if that’s all just a common fiction theme, or if it is based on some truths about how wolves act. 🙂

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    1. Hi, Susan! Yes, wolves do have a very strong family structure. It’s led by an alpha bitch and alpha male (in this context, “bitch” is not considered a swear word but a descriptive). Then there are the other wolves in descending hierarchical structure. They mate for life and they rear their cubs in the pack. They separate once a year to hunt solo, but come back together to raise young.

      These guys, however, are wild dogs. From what I read at the zoo, they’re not like pet dogs and aren’t tameable (is that a word?). They, too, have a strong family structure and rear their young in family groups. I don’t know a whole lot about them, because I only came across them for the first time last year, but I’m enjoying going and visiting the zoo to watch their behavior.

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit! Happy blogging, and good luck in the challenge!

      1. Yes, the “real” definition of bitch is “female canine” or something like that, isn’t that correct? I definitely knew these weren’t wolves, but for some reason that was just the first thing that popped into my mind. Probably because I equate them with some sort of warm fuzzy (feeling).

        Now you have me curious, though, what (technically) separates dogs and wolves – what traits identifies a wolf rather than a dog. Sorry, I’m woefully ignorant in this area. It’s strange I can profess to “like” something without knowing what I’m even talking about!


        1. Dogs and wolves are separated by species. (Remember genus and species from biology?) It’s said that dogs are descended from wolves, 20,000 years ago. They have a lot of similarities, but aren’t. There’s some interesting stuff online and in books about the differences; I found this one specifically on the differences:

    1. Hi, Cathy! Hello, and welcome! Yes, we live in a great city, don’t we? I find that wherever I’ve lived, there is an abundance of material to photograph and write about, but I’m enjoying this particular journey around Chicago because I’m discovering new things and rediscovering things I haven’t seen in a while.

      Thank you for visiting, and good luck in the challenge!

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