The endangered African wild dog has been immortalized in a new book with amazing images donated by leading nature photographers.
Membering African Wild Dogs aims to raise awareness and funding for the animal’s plight, which research supporting the book suggests is poorly understood by the public.
The publication is part of a photo book series called Remembering Wildlife that has donated more than $ 1.1 million (£ 850,000) to protect endangered wildlife and has already documented elephants, rhinos, lions and cheetahs.
Margot Raggett, founder and producer of Remembering Wildlife, said: “The African wild dog is one of the most misunderstood mammals and it was shocking to understand through our research the level of ignorance both about them and also about how few remain.
“The opportunity to not only raise awareness but also raise funds to protect them is exactly what this series is about. We don’t just want to remember them in picture books.”
A study conducted by Remembering Wildlife revealed that more than one in three adults in the UK (38%) had never even heard of the species.
African wild dogs, also known as painted dogs or painted wolves, once varied widely across sub-Saharan Africa but are now only about 660 packs – about 6,600 animals in total – abandoned in the wild due to problems such as declining habitat, conflict with humans and predators.
The survey also found that the public had misunderstandings about the dogs with almost half (46%) of respondents mistakenly thinking that there are more than 10,000 left in the wild, only 44% of those surveyed are sure to know the difference between an African wild dog and a hyena. and 56% are unsure what they might say.
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Remembering African Wild Dogs features amazing images donated by some of the world’s foremost nature photographers including Marsel van Oosten, Frans Lanting and Greg du Toit, and 10 images were selected from thousands of participants to a contest launched earlier this year.
All profits from the books go to conservation projects, many of which struggled for funding during the pandemic.
The Remembering Wildlife series was created by wildlife photographer Margot Raggett, who began raising money for wildlife conservation by making the most beautiful book about a species ever seen, after she witnessed the aftermath of a poached elephant in Kenya.
Since the first book was published in 2016, Remembering Wildlife has worked with nearly 200 photographers, sold more than 32,000 copies and attracted many famous supporters such as Pierce Brosnan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Iain Glen, Chris Martin and Russell Crowe.