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  • English name
    African Wild Dog
  • ClassificationCarnivora, Canidae
  • Scientific nameLycaon Pictus

African Wild Dog
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The African Wild Dog is a member of the Canidae (dog) family that form and live in packs by helping one another. They are in danger of extinction because people kill them for attacking their domesticated livestock, and from diseases contracted from captive dogs.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: 80-112cm
Tail length: 30-40cm
Weight: 18-36kg

(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)

Where they live

The African Wild Dog lives in the savanna and grasslands of southern and eastern Africa.

What they eat

They mainly hunt and eat antelopes such as the Gazelle, as well as rabbits and lizards.

What they are like

The spotted pattern of the African Wild Dog is unique for each dog, much like the human fingerprint. Perhaps this is how they distinguish their fellow pack members.

Find out more about the African Wild Dog!

Excellent teamwork!
The African Wild Dog is a member of the Canidae family that lives in the savanna and grasslands of Africa. They are weak amongst carnivorous animals in Africa, sometimes losing their catch or even threatened for their lives by lions and hyenas. African Wild Dogs are known to help fellow pack members in raising their children, sharing food, and helping the diseased and injured. This teamwork may be the secret to their survival amongst stronger rivals.

Killed for attacking domesticated livestock, infected by captive dogs...
In addition to lions and hyenas, the African Wild Dog now faces another life-threatening species. Yes, the humans. The number of African Wild Dogs killed for attacking livestock and traffic accidents is increasing. Additionally, diseases contracted from captive dogs deal a severe blow to the pack. In spite of their ability to survive severe living conditions by helping one another, the African Wild Dog is now one of the most endangered animals in Africa.

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