Dholes are effective when hunting in packs and can kill a 110 pound deer in less than 2 minutes with just 2-3 hunters.
Dholes are fond of water and sit in shallow pools of water regardless of the temperature.
The dhole’s area of occupancy in Asia has significantly declined 50% since 2008.
Dholes are born a sooty brown color and acquire their distinctive red coat at three months of age.
Dholes compete with larger apex predators for prey and space and have been witnessed stealing kills from tigers and even killing the big cat.
The dhole is 1 of only 3 canid species with specialized dental adaptations for a hypercarnivorous diet, and have a thicker muzzle, shorter jaw, and 2 less molar teeth than other canids.
Unlike many other canines, the dhole seldom kills by biting the throat, but instead attacks from the rear.
Every pack member of a dhole pack is reproductively suppressed and instead helps care for the young of the dominant breeding pair.
Dholes have the largest land requirements of any Asian species and prefer open spaces, such as clearings and river beds.
Dholes engage in obligate cooperative group hunting and group care of their young and, of the canids, are most similar to African wild dogs due to their social behaviors.
The dhole (Cuon alpinus,) is the only species within the Cuon genus and is most closely related to the African wild dog, even sometimes referred to as the “Asian wild dog”. Dholes are incredibly social canines that live in large packs structured within a clear hierarchy ruled by a dominant alpha breeding pair. Like African wild dogs, dholes participate in cooperative hunting and raising of their young and tend to live a docile, communal lifestyle. … Learn More
February has come to a close and with it the FaunaFocus Free-For-All winner has been selected. Five entries were judged Wednesday, February 28th on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team page by judges Noelle M. Brooks, PhilthyTurtle, and DeniseThePleb. This month, every single entry utilized color in such a prominent way that created vibrant, colorful compositions that perfectly complemented the prismatic physique of the green turtle. Most of this month’s entries were created… Read More
The new year has begun and the first Free-For-All of 2018 has ended. Four entries featuring the common palm civet were judged on Tuesday, January 30th on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team page by judges Noelle M. Brooks, Eternity, and PrendorianCrab. This month, we were treated to a multitude of different styles, techniques, and media, all featuring this month’s FaunaFocus, the common palm civet, also known as the Asian palm civet or… Read More
January Free-For-All Submission Deadline Next Monday
Happy new year, everyone! The end-of-the-year holiday season has come to a close, also bringing the conclusion of the first annual FaunaFocus Holiday Art Trade! A total of 19 participants joined in spreading holiday cheer, each creating an artwork that featured an animal species requested by another participant. Throughout the month’s of November and December, participants were surprised with beautiful artworks complimenting their favorite animals. With a variety of different media, technique,… Read More
The final Free-For-All of the year has come to an end! It’s hard to believe that we’re entering a new year of FaunaFocus. 5 entries were judged on Saturday, December 30th on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team page by judges Noelle M. Brooks, Louis Herlihy, and Nick. Thank you to everyone who submitted entries inspired by the white rhinoceros, especially during such a busy month! It was a pleasure to review the… Read More
Holiday Art Trade Deadline Next Monday
December Free-For-All Submission Deadline This Friday
November’s unsual FaunaFocus, the Axolotl, inspired 10 artists to participate in the Free-For-All competition and have a chance at choosing January’s featured species. There was an array of styles, media, and colors portrayed, with each entry representing a unique facet of the amphibian. All ten artworks were judged by judges Noelle M. Brooks, PrendorianCrab, and EternitysEmporium while Noelle and Eternity critiqued the pieces live on stream on Thursday, November 30th on the… Read More
Once again, our community has come together and shared its incredible talents in the FaunaFocus Free-For-All competition by creating an array of wonderfully unique works of art inspired by October’s FaunaFocus, the red panda. Nine artists put their work forwards to be judged on Monday, October 29th’s judging livestream, on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team page, by judges Noelle M. Brooks, PrendorianCrab, and Draws_With_Kitties. From gouache to digital the diversity of mediums… Read More
The holiday season is approaching and FaunaFocus wants to spread the cheer! Throughout the months of November and December, FaunaFocus will be hosting a Holiday Art Trade and all are welcome to join! Surprise someone with an animal-themed artwork of their choice and receive an artwork, yourself, “Secret Santa” style! GET INVOLVED Sign Up: Submit your contact information and the animal you’d like drawn for you using the form below. Receive Email:… Read More
October Free-For-All Submission Deadline This Sunday
Stephen Michael Scott II is a self-taught freelance illustrator originally from Middletown, Ohio, but currently working from Southeast Michigan. Legally blind in his right eye, he has adopted the name “Blind Coyote.” Stephen specializes in imaginative, yet realistic, illustrations featuring fantastical animal creatures and characters in a variety of light-filled environments. He also enjoys creating anthropomorphic characters inspired by wildlife. An avid student of the arts, Stephen enjoys studying animal anatomy and… Read More
September has come to a close and FaunaFocus had one of its best months yet! Not only did FaunaFocus collaborate with WWF to raise funds to help increase tiger populations, but the Free-For-All had the most entries submitted yet, at 17 entries! Thank you to everyone who submitted artwork or attended the live judging, and special thanks to the experienced judges that offered their time and expertise. All 17 entries were judged… Read More
September Free-For-All Submissions Deadline Tomorrow!
Louis Herlihy has been working as a freelance designer for the past year and a half and is notoriously known for working on digital art and design pieces in the dead of night. Currently working on a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in graphic design at Indiana University Southeast, he finds himself influenced by a wide range of creatives, ranging from the minimalist, conservative Paul Rand, to the experimental and attitude-rooted Stefan… Read More
Thank you to everyone who participated in the WWF Wild-Livestream these past few weeks! FaunaFocus collectively raised $750.00 to help increase the population of endangered tigers! The month’s not over yet and there’s still ways to help. Help further support the World Wide Fund for Nature’s vital work by donating your finished wildlife art: photographs, artwork, media, etc. All animal works are welcome, especially those featuring this month’s FaunaFocus, the tiger! If… Read More
The FaunaFocus 24-Hour Charity Host Train has come to an end! FaunaFocus partnered with the WWF-Australia‘s Wild-Livestream event and featured 11 different artists on Twitch Creative over the course of 24 hours spanning the entirety of Tuesday, October 12th. Each artist created artwork inspired by the endangered tiger species and several different media and styles were represented. Together, viewers and artists were able to surpass the original goal of $200 and raise… Read More
FaunaFocus is hosting its first charity event on Tuesday, September 12th, a 24-Hour Charity Host Train taking place on Twitch! FaunaFocus is teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help save the endangered tiger species. The event will start Tuesday morning at midnight Central Daylight Time and continue for a full 24 hours. 11 different artists will be featured, each creating artwork inspired by the tiger and helping to bring… Read More
FaunaFocus is hosting its first charity event during the first half of September! FaunaFocus is teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help save the endangered tiger species. WWF Wild-Livestream 2017 FaunaFocus will be participating in the WWF Wild-Livestream 2017 campaign on Tiltify from September 1st to September 15th, 2017. Donations can be made on the FaunaFocus Tiltify page and all proceeds will benefit the World Wildlife Foundation’s tiger… Read More
Another month has flown by and the August Free-For-All has concluded! Eight entries were judged Wednesday, August 30th on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team page by judges Noelle M. Brooks, LouisHerlihy, and PrendorianCrab. We had a record turn out this month; much thanks to everyone who submitted entries inspired by the magnificent great horned owl! Many entries ranging from a variety of mediums were inspired by this powerful and bold creature. Congratulations… Read More
The August Free-For-All deadline has been extended from Wednesday, August 30th at 3:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CDT that same day. The Free-For-All judging livesteam will remain at the same time: Wednesday, August 30th, at 9:00 p.m. CDT. In addition to this, August’s Free-For-All winner will be able to choose October’s featured #FaunaFocus animal of the month! September’s featured animal has already been selected for a special event that will be announced… Read More
The month of the Great Horned Owl is nearing its end, bringing us closer to the August Free-For-All contest deadline on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. CST. This is just one week away from today, so if you intend to submit any original work inspired by the Great Horned Owl, please plan accordingly. Additionally, remember to watch this month’s Free-For-All judging livestream on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 9:00 p.m…. Read More
The third Free-For-All has come to an end! 5 entries were judged on Saturday, July 29th on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team page by judges Noelle M. Brooks, Stephen Scott, and EternitysEmporium. Thank you to everyone who submitted entries inspired by the critically endangered vaquita! This rare creature provided for a culmination of styles, media, and perspectives, and it was a joy to review all of the artworks. Congratulations to July 2017’s… Read More
July 2017’s FaunaFocus Free-For-All will be ending tonight! The deadline to submit your vaquita-inspired artwork is tonight, Friday, July 28th, 11:30pm Central Daylight Time. Also, don’t forget to tune in for the Free-For-All judging livestream tomorrow night, Saturday, July 29th, at 9:00pm Central Daylight Time on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team. All the entries submitted for July 2017 will be judged, the winner will be announced, and the new #FaunaFocus animal for August 2017 will be revealed! Apply… Read More
The last week of July is here and so is the end of this month’s Free-For-All competition deadline. The deadline to submit your Vaquita related artwork, to be judged in this month’s Free-For-All competition, is this Friday, July 28, 2017 11:30 pm Central Daylight Time. If you have participated in #FaunaFocus this month by creating a vaquita inspired piece of art please consider entering the Free-For-All competition for a chance to win… Read More