Gebundene Ausgabe, 233 Seiten, 84
Farbfotos, 12 Schwarzweißillustrationen, 3 Farbkarten, 1 Stammbaum Hamish
Hamilton (UK), Februar 1991, ISBN 0-241-12485-9
Klappentext: "The true story of the
struggle for survival of Africa's most endangered large carnivore. Wild dogs have been typecast by man as
cruel, wanton killers. In many parts of Africa they are still shot or poisoned by ranchers, who view them as
a menace to livestock. But these prejudices conceal much that is to be admired about the wild dog. Members
of a pack help in rearing puppies, cooperate in hunting, share food, defend their kills from hyaenas and
rally to the aid of a relative attacked by a lion. For the last fourteen years Jonathan Scott has lived and
worked among Africa's great predators. Painted Wolves takes us on a journey through the world's most
spectacular wildlife area, the Serengeti
National Park in Tanzania and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, where packs of wild dogs compete
for their share of the prey with hyaenas and lions, leopards and cheetahs. The dogs roam widely in their
search for gazelles and wildebeest, and some packs spend much of their time beyond the boundaries of these
game sanctuaries. Once each year a pack abandons its nomadic lifestyle, establishes a den and produces
puppies. Jonathan Scott spent weeks at a time living and sleeping in his car so as to observe the wild dogs
in intimate detail, learning to recognize them as individuals and staying with a pack until its puppies were
old enough to follow it in its wanderings. Everything seems to be against Africa's wild dogs as they
struggle to survive the antipathy of man; the loss of their habitat and heavy reductions in the numbers of
their natural prey; their never-ending conflict with powerful hyaena clans and prides of lions and the
ravages of a variety of epidemic diseases. Jonathan Scott weaves a beautifully illustrated tale of this wild
land and the people in whose hands its future ultimately rests. Above all, this is a plea for tolerance on
behalf of one of nature's underdogs."
Klappentext: "The African wild dog
(Lycaon pictus), also known as the painted wolf because of its unique markings, once ranged widely across
the vast plains of sub-Saharan Africa. Today, as a result of habitat loss and extermination by livestock
farmers, there is only a handful of wild populations left. In the waning years of the 20th century, Africa's
most endangered large carnivore is threatened with extinction. There are, however, some untouched
wildernesses where these beautiful animals still run wild. Botswana, and especially the Okavango Delta, is
one of the places where wild dogs still have a natural home. Running Wild takes an in-depth look at
the life of the Mombo pack, one of the wild populations that makes their home in the Okavango Delta.
Authoritative text and remarkable photographs document the natural history of this fascinating group of
animals. Through daily observations, authors Dr. John McNutt and Lesley Boggs have uncovered extraordinary
new facts about the life and habits of the African wild dog. In chapters on 'Pack', 'Play', 'Predator',
'Prey', 'Pressure' and 'Prescription', they dispel long-held myths about these animals and strive to banish
the ignorance that exists about this much-maligned species. The rich and fascinating behaviour of this
unusually social carnivore and the historical and political issues of its conservation are discussed in the
context of a developing Africa. David Hamman and Hélène Heldring's photographs are honest and spectacular
images that capture the true spirit of the African wild dog. This is a spirit that appeals to us across the
boundaries that normally exist between species and leaves us with a better understanding of how painted
wolves fit into our world. With a foreword by Dr. John Ledger of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, a
glossary, a further reading list and a comprehensive index, Running Wild is a book no lover of
natural history can afford to be without."
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