We were very lucky this week when a pack of rare Wild Dogs (also known as painted dogs) came on to Thornybush Game Reserve for a few days. Wild dogs have a vast range of between 400 and 1500 square kilometres and so they pass through Thornybush as and when they please. Their bodies are specially adapted to trotting rather than walking, making covering long distances easy. Their scientific name is Lycaon Pictus which means Painted Wolf, referring to their mottled fur with brown, yellow, white and black colouring. Every dog has a unique pattern making individuals easy to spot.