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Monday, July 25, 2011

Wildlife Photography: Wild Dogs (Dhole) from Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka, India

Like most other predators across India, their numbers are dwindling and one can see them only rarely and that too in very few wildlife sanctuaries and national parks across India. And hence my joy new no bounds when I spotted these Wild Dogs (locally known as Dhole) during my visit to Nagarhole National Park.

Wild Dog or Dhole at Nagarhole National Park 
These predators hunt in packs and are known to even take down very large prey water buffaloes, wild boars and the deer species. These predators are highly endangered, but survive in good numbers at Karnataka’s Nagarhole and Kabini National Parks.

Wild Dogs...checking out their territory 
I saw these wild dogs twice during two separate jungle safari trips. Both times, I saw two of them. Once early in the morning when they were catching the scent on the trail and second during an evening safari trip when I saw them stalking a large group of spotted deer (chital).

Wild Dog at Nagarhole...following the scent trail 
Here are some more pictures from these two different sightings.

Wild Dog at Nagarhole National Park 
2 Wild Dogs at Nagarhole National Park 
Wild Dog crosses the jungle jeep track 
Wild Dog at Nagarhole National Park 
Wild Dog cooling itself in the water and also getting rid of its scent 
2 Wild Dogs at Nagarhole National Park



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