Stalking through the undergrowth in the Kruger National Park, South Africa an African wild dog is on the prowl.

They are just one of the jewels in Africa’s wildlife crown.

African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) are also known as Cape hunting dog, spotted dog, painted wolf and ornate wolf; it’s easy to see why with such beautiful multi-coloured mottled coats.

Each animal has its own unique coat pattern.

They are one of the world’s most endangered mammals with an estimated population of fewer than 5,500 individuals.

Major threats to their survival include coming into conflict with humans, diseases, habitat loss and competition from larger predators.

Stunning is the best way to describe this fine specimen captured by Leon Molenaar.

See Leon’s image on Flickr.

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