Returning to camp after a safari drive, Greg watched as a single wild dog stood over its kill. Moments later, the rest of the pack descended and devoured the prey’s corpse in a frenzied feeding. ‘Shooting this scene was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life and one I will never forget,’ he says.
These endangered carnivores are rarely seen, as they hunt at dawn and dusk across an expansive range. Due to habitat fragmentation, they are in increasing contact with people and domestic animals, causing growing conflict between humans and dogs, and the transmission of infectious diseases.
Nikon D4S; 80–400mm f4.5–5.6 lens at 290mm; 1/320 sec at f8 (+1 e/v); ISO 3200.
Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
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Greg du Toit, South Africa
Greg is a professional wildlife photographer and African safari guide. He is the author of two books, African Wildlife Exposed and Phototips - Getting It Right In Camera. Greg is passionate about communicating his appreciation and awe for wild creatures through his work. He was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2013.