March 2018: Dhole

Scientific Name   Cuon alpinus
Alternate Name   Asiatic Wild Dog, Indian Wild Dog, Mountain Wolf, Red Dog, Red Wolf, Whistling Dog
Collective Names   Pack
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Carnivora Canidae Cuon
  Endangered   Diurnal   Social   Omnivore
  Asia   Forest, Shrubland, Grassland
  50 cm.   20 in.   88-92 cm.   35-36 in.
  9-21 kg.   22-45 lb.   10-16 yr.   5 yr. (Generation)
Fore Hind

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. The dhole is listed as “Endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

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