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Dhole

Researchers are utilizing GPS collars to track movement patterns and population trends of wild dholes.

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People from the jungles of Asia will follow hunting dholes and steal their captured prey as a food source.

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Dholes use body language to communicate, such as wagging their tails or greeting each other by snapping at one another.

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Dholes are so uniformly marked that it’s difficult to identify individuals and distinguish between sexes.

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Historically, dholes have had a poor reputation, leading to conflicts with humans, such as intentional poisonings and the stealing of their prey.

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An adult dhole can eat up to 4 kilograms, or 8.8 pounds, of meat in one hour.

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In order to help the endangered dhole, San Diego Zoo Global has been breeding pups since 2001, with 20 having been born to 4 mothers.

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Dholes have clear hierarchy in their packs and feed in order of dominance, allowing pups to eat first, unlike wolves.

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Dholes are sensitive animals, skittish to the point of potentially overheating under stress.

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Dhole immediately disembowel their prey and feast while the animal is still alive, causing it to die from blood loss and shock, rather than the actual attack.

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Female dholes have more teats than other canids in order to raise larger litters of up to 16 pups.

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Dholes are effective when hunting in packs and can kill a 110 pound deer in less than 2 minutes with just 2-3 hunters.

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Dholes are fond of water and sit in shallow pools of water regardless of the temperature.

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The dhole’s area of occupancy in Asia has significantly declined 50% since 2008.

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Dholes are born a sooty brown color and acquire their distinctive red coat at three months of age.

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Dholes compete with larger apex predators for prey and space and have been witnessed stealing kills from tigers and even killing the big cat.

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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.

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Unlike many other canines, the dhole seldom kills by biting the throat, but instead attacks from the rear.

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Every pack member of a dhole pack is reproductively suppressed and instead helps care for the young of the dominant breeding pair.

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

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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.

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With fewer than 2,300 mature individuals remaining, the dhole is endangered due to habitat loss, inter-species competition, depletion of prey, persecution, and disease.

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Dholes are docile, gentle, communal animals and do not show aggression toward each other.

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Each dhole pack contains a dominant monogamous breeding alpha pair.

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The dhole is a hypercarnivore, with a diet of at least 70% meat, the majority consisting of deer and other ungulates.

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Dholes are highly social animals that live in packs averaging 5-12, but can number up to 40 depending on the ecosystem and prey availability.

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Depending on the region, an adult dhole’s pelage may vary from light brownish-charcoal gray to a sandy beige or red coat.

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Dholes are known as “whistling dogs” because of their vocal nature and bird-like whistling calls.

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The dhole is about the size of a medium-sized dog, and males tend to be larger and heavier than females.

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The dhole is the only species in the Cuon genus and is known by many names, though the origin of “dhole” is unknown.

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The dhole was originally distinguished as two seperate species of Cuon, but later recognized as a single species, separated into 11, then 3, subspecies.