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African Wild Dog

The African wild dog is known by several different common names including hunting dog, hyena dog, painted wolf, ornate wolf, and Mbwa mwilu in Swahili.

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African wild dogs are generalist carnivorous predators and mostly hunt medium-sized antelope that are about twice their weight or larger, such as impala, kudu, gazelle, and wildebeest.

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Each African hunting dog pack has a dominant monogamous breeding pair that prevents subordinates from breeding.

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The African wild dog’s scientific name, Lycaon pictus reflects the color of its spotted pelage and translates to painted or ornate wolf.

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African wild dogs are social animals that form packs of up to 40 members, with an average of 7-15.

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African wild dogs inhabit forests, savannas, shrublands, grasslands, and even deserts with abundant prey, permanent water sources, and a low concentration of lions and hyenas.

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Because African wild dogs rely on their sight to hunt, they are primarily diurnal, hunting in the morning and early evening, and will only hunt at night if there’s a bright moon.

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Although the African wild dog is genetically diverse, five subspecies are generally recognized but are not universally accepted.

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Each African wild dog has a uniquely patterned coat of irregular reds, browns, black, yellows, and whites, different from any other dog.

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African wild dogs do not generally exhibit sexual dimorphism and are about the same size as a German shepherd dog with large, rounded ears, a thin body, and long, muscular legs.

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African wild dogs are cooperative hunters and hunt in packs led by the alpha male.

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African Wild Dog

African wild dogs were once found throughout most of Africa, but are now more fragmented and mainly restricted to Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and the Transvaal.

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African wild dogs have unique social concerns and structures within their packs and have separate dominance hierarchies for males and females.

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Because of their names, African wild dogs are often misidentified, thought to be dogs, wolves, or even hyenas, when actually categorized in their own genus.

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African wild dogs are not aggressive except for occasional fights between a dominant female and a subordinate female over breeding rights.

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With only 6,600 individuals left, the African wild dog is Africa’s second most endangered carnivore after the Ethiopian wolf.