Fierce Warrior Dogs Redux

Sequoia Park Zoo SP14-263

I finally, a few weeks back, had another chance to photograph the Bush Dogs at the local zoo in Eureka. These animals had been off exhibit convalescing from skin infections since early February. But I finally was able to get some shots of these fierce warrior dogs in good light. The exhibit they inhabit at the zoo is hardly ideal for photography. It’s a large basin-like area which forces one to often look down on the animals — hardly ideal for photography. From afar, the exhibit looks like this:

When you get up to the fence, you look down and see this:

The difficulty of photographing in the exhibit is much of the time you’re photographing down from a pretty good distance. These means one winds up with a lot of shots from an unattractive angle that have to be cropped. But with these restrictions in mind, here are some samples of bush dog images, most taken with a 300mm prime lens on an APS-C DSLR.

In the exhibit there was a large bone hung from a chain. The dogs were fascinated by this thrilling hunk of bone, decorated with juicy bits of flesh:

Although the dogs are fierce and would eat their zookeepers if given a chance, they don’t attack one another, but are willing to share:

Here’s a few pics of the dogs exploring their exhibit:

They are fierce creatures, not to be messed with:

And a couple more of the dogs discovering an egg in the exhibit: