March 2018: Dhole

Common Name   Dhole
Scientific Name   Cuon alpinus
Alternate Names   Asiatic Wild Dog, Indian Wild Dog, Mountain Wolf, Red Dog, Red Wolf, Whistling Dog
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.
Front 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.

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