Celebrating a litter of African wild dogs at ZSL London Zoo

by Ann Sylph on

A large litter of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) were recently born at ZSL London Zoo so we are celebrating with some historic prints of this species.

Illustration showing two view of an African wild dog

In the wild these dogs face threats from habitat loss and conflict with humans, with ZSL working in Africa to help protect the species. We run conservation programmes in Tanzania and in other East African countries as part of  the Rangewide Conservation Programme for Cheetah and African Wild Dogs, a joint project of the Zoological Society of London and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Do enjoy looking at these images and take the opportunity to visit the new African wild dogs at ZSL London Zoo.

Detail of an illustration of a landscape with a pack of African wild dogs watching vultures

Further reading (all these books can be found in ZSL Library) :

The African wild dog: behavior, ecology, and conservation, [by] Scott Creel and Nancy Marusha Creel. Princeton; Oxford:  Princeton University Press, 2002.

The African wild dog: status survey and conservation action plan / compiled and edited by Rosie Woodroffe, Joshua Ginsberg and David Macdonald. Gland:  IUCN, 1997. Freely available to download.

African wild dogs: on the front line / Brendan Whittington-Jones. Auckland Park, South Africa: Jacana, 2015.

Running wild: dispelling the myths of the African wild dog / text by John McNutt and Lesley Boggs; photography by Helene Heldring and Dave Hamman. South Africa:  Southern Book Publishers, 1996.

Illustration of an African wild dog against a rocky background

If you are a ZSL Fellow or Member please do also visit ZSL Library. Others are also welcome but please do bring photographic ID and proof of address when you visit, see  ZSL Library Collection for details. ZSL Fellows may borrow post-1940 books from ZSL LIbrary

 ZSL Library is open weekdays 9.30am to 5.30pm but is closed on bank holidays. We are closed over Christmas and the New Year and reopen on 4 January 2016.


Image sources for this blog

All these publications can be consulted in ZSL Library and form part of our `special collections'

Plate 37 depicting African wild dog in Les Mammiferes Atlas of Le règne animal distribué d'après son organisation, pour servir de base à l'histoire naturelle des animaux, et d'introduction à l'anatomie comparée, par Georges Cuvier. - [3rd] Edition... par une réunion de disciples.... Paris :  Fortin, Masson, [1836-49]

Detail of plate no. 30 in Portraits of the game and wild animals of Southern Africa, delineated from life in their native haunts during a hunting expedition from the Cape Colony as far as the Tropic of Capricorn in 1836 and 1837... by W. Cornwallis Harris, drawn on stone by Frank Howard. London :  Pickering, 1840

Plate 44 in Dogs, jackals, wolves, and foxes : a monograph of the Canidae / by St. George Mivart; with woodcuts, and 45 coloured plates drawn from nature by J.G. Keulemans and hand-coloured. London :  Porter, 1890

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