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The Golden Jackal can be mistaken as the Dhole or Asiatic Wild Dog; this has been on my wanted list of animals in Thailand. I have seen this dog many times in the wild in different national parks in Thailand but the chance to take proper photographs has been difficult for me since they show up and disappear quickly. Waiting for this animal to come in a hide or on an observation structure, it is possible to get perfect shots. Well, I just have to wait for this to appear during the day time in one of our adventures and it would be a good day.

Finding the Golden Jackal near the park rangers’ station at Bangkrang, in Kaeng Krachan National Park was a delight. The rangers told us that some times they come during the nigh and you just have to get ready with your lights to get proper shots. I waited and took shots until 2:00 o’ clock in the morning, I was sleepy and dead tired birding the whole which includes a lot of driving, hiking, and setting up whatever at the campsite.

This wild dog is a social animal living in large clans with multiple breeding females, the hierarchy is not strictly dominating and clans can be twelve individuals or more. Found in the tropical forests of Central, South, Southeast Asia, it is a diurnal pack hunter of medium and large preys in which they also compete with big cats in the forest.

I would not really wish to be found in the middle of the pack in the forest or an open field, but hoping to get a daytime photographs with this endangered animal.

Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand

June 30, 2017

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