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Filmed at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR), Maharashtra, March 2021.
Movie clip taken with Sony DSC HX400V & Still pictures taken with Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera & Nikkor 200 - 500 mm VR lens.
It was early March & we were returning to Tadoba after a gap of almost 2 years. On a morning safari, we were lucky to spot a pair of Asiatic Wild Dogs also known as Dholes. Dhole is a sleek, reddish-brown medium-sized wild dog with a bushy black tail. They are considered to be one of the most skilled hunters of the Indian Jungle. Dholes are one of the Big 5 animals to spot while you are in Tadoba. This pair was walking on the main road, looking here and there, and carried on making merry, hugging each other frequently. This seemed like a pair who have left their group and now were looking for settling down on their own.
Dholes' sightings in Tadoba are uncommon nowadays as compared to what they used to be in the last decade. In fact, you can safely say that there are more chances of sighting a Tiger in Tadoba as compared to a Dhole. Also, the size of their packs has decreased considerably. The increase in tiger population in Tadoba perhaps has been one of the prime reasons contributing to the decline of the Dhole population here. It is important to note that tigers kill dholes not out of any personal animosity but to protect their territory, ensure their cubs' safety, food, etc.
As per IUCN Red List Dholes (Scientific Name: Cuon alpinus) are endangered species.