Bush Dogs Spotted in Western Amazon, 2009
by Christine Dell’Amore
The camera was one of 23 set up over 8.5 sq mi (22 sq km) in a remote and unstudied region of the country’s northeast as part of the Peruvian Amazon Biodiversity Project, run by the National Zoo’s Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability in Washington, D.C.
Here, an image of two rarely seen bush dogs taken on April 14, 2008 is perhaps the “most exciting” of all the camera-trap photos recovered so far as part of the National Zoo’s Peruvian Amazon Biodiversity Project, said National Zoo research scientist Joe Kolowski.
Almost nothing is known about this species, which is rarely seen even by indigenous people who live and hunt in the rain forest. “It’s fascinating how elusive these guys can be,” Kolowski said, adding that it’s unusual for a large dog species to go unstudied for so long.
What scientists do know is that the animals are social, Kolowski said. In both camera-trap photos that have been taken so far during the project, bush dogs appeared in pairs.
(via: National Geographic)
Photo: Peruvian Amazon Biodiversity Project