Dholes have the largest land requirements of any Asian species and prefer open spaces, such as clearings and river beds.

The dhole has the largest land requirements of any Asian species. The dhole’s hunting range is about 40 square kilometers, or 15 square miles, but can range from 23-199 square kilometers in India and 60-80 kilometers in Thailand.

The dhole is a habitat generalist and can occur in a wide variety of vegetation types, including: primary, secondary, and degraded forms of tropical dry and moist deciduous forests; evergreen and semi-evergreen forests; temperate deciduous forests; boreal forests; dry thorn forests; grassland–scrub–forest mosaics; temperate steppe; and alpine steppe. Consequently, their elevation range is from sea level to as high as 5,300 m asl in Ladakh.

Dholes like open spaces and can often be found on jungle roads, river beds, jungle clearings, and paths, where they rest during the day. Their dens are usually constructed near streambeds or among rocks. They have never been recorded in desert regions, though.

Sources: (Chacon, 2000; Hance, 2015; Johnsingh, 1982; Kamler, et al., 2015; San Diego Zoo Global)
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