African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus) or Painted Wolves, because of their unique 'painted' patches, are sadly, like so many other creatures, critically endangered. This is due to habitat loss, threat from farmers fearing for their livestock, and their susceptibility to canine diseases such as rabies and distemper. These dogs are very effective, cooperative hunters who live in packs of up to 20 or more, lead by a monogamous breeding pair, who are pictured here. In this drawing I wanted their loyalty, sociability and intelligence to shine through. I also wanted to show their beautiful markings and how they look out for each other and their sense of affection and caring. It is known that they will share food and assist weakened members of the pack. Several images of an actual pair were used as reference to create this piece.