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Sep 22nd, 2006, 01:26 AM
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Hi! Just found some interesting info on this website. Sorry, if it was already mentioned prior...but,

www.painteddog.org

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Sep 22nd, 2006, 08:48 AM
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cool thanks for the link
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 09:33 AM
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Thanks Hari -- looks like a good site. I'll have to give it a thorough read later.

Along the same line here is an update from research in Zambia. This is at an excellent website and it is a wonderful conservation organization for wild dogs.

http://www.awdczambia.org/ProjectUpdates.htm
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 06:44 PM
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Thanks Bill....will chk that website also.

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Sep 23rd, 2006, 09:30 AM
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Hello,

This site gathers together links to a number of wild dog conservation projects, including Tico McNutt's project in Botswana.

http://www.save-the-african-wild-dog.com/index.asp

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Oct 3rd, 2006, 02:25 AM
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Hi! Just heard from my agent at CCA that the wild dog pack is back at Ngala...6 dogs and 2 pups!!!!

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Oct 3rd, 2006, 06:02 AM
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Maybe PB can answer this question......it is stated that most domestic dogs are descendants of the wolf. I'm just wondering if wild dogs are too?

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Oct 3rd, 2006, 07:23 AM
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Gaurang: yes, wild dogs are thought to have diverged from the Canis genus about 2-3 million years ago forming a new genus Lycaon of which they are the only member. The biggest physical difference is wild dogs have only 4 toes where members of Canis have 5 including the dew claw. They are thought to have branched off from an early Pleistocene wolf (Canis africanus)
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Oct 3rd, 2006, 08:18 AM
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Thanks PB, I knew you would have the answer. So wolves used to roam Africa before the wild dogs - very interesting info.

Also, thanks to those who have posted links.
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Oct 3rd, 2006, 08:34 AM
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Gaurang: the current day wolf (Canis lupus) ranged through the middle east but probably not into Africa proper. The Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis) is a recent (in evolution time) split off from the wolf. The earlier canids that had already adapted, jackals (also Canis species) and wild dogs, probably restricted more modern wolf off shoots from moving down the continent and that is how the most recent species ended up restricted to high elevation northern Africa areas that more closely resembled the N. hemisphere where they could compete better.

The Ethiopian Wolf is probably the rarest animal in Africa with about 500 remaining. They are actually a little smaller than wild dogs -- not large like wolves.
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Oct 3rd, 2006, 08:23 PM
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Bill,

How come, all our fodorite trips are planned around wild dogs? and not the Ethiopian wolf....i guess it's a huge hit or miss thing!!! However, one day would like to go to Ethiopia....even if we dont see them, sure the coffee will be worth the visit.....

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Oct 3rd, 2006, 09:07 PM
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Hari

The Ethiopian wolf, still called Simian/Simien Fox or S. Jackal in some references (usually older ones) is found in isolated "isles" of high mountains e.g. Simian Mts. & Bale mountains. Visiting these national parks it is nothing like a "safari" in the parks u like to visit. It is usually hiking or some places horse riding, Though u can see some endimics like Gelada Baboon ...
Rabies outbreak r decimating their numbers (1990 was a catastrophic year at Bale) see recent reports like 2004 at http://www.wildcru.org/research/es/e...ssrelease3.htm

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Oct 3rd, 2006, 09:23 PM
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Thanks for the info and link, aby....appreciate it. Sure, a nice hike would do me good.....

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Oct 4th, 2006, 01:59 AM
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Speaking about dogs... tried to get that famous book "Running Wild" from Amazon. First they postponed, then they cancelled. Yet the book is still available:

http://www.amazon.com/Running-Wild-D.../dp/1560987170

Anyone know alternatives? I'm from EU by the way.
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Oct 4th, 2006, 06:20 AM
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Aby: thanks for the great link and other info.

Hari: as Aby says it would not be like a safari, however, it could be a great adventure that I would love to do sometime.

Pixel: My zoo had a copy of Running Wild last time I was there, the zoo has a wonderful pack of dogs that have puppies every year. I haven't been in a while but will try and pop in next time I'm in the area and buy it if they still have a copy. Luckily I already have my own copy. Email me if you want and I'll let you know if I can obtain it.
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