African Wild Dog

The African wild dog is a carnivorous species, which as its name says, inhabits the African continent, it is also known by these names: African hunting dog, cape hunting dog, painted dog, painted hunting dog, dog spotted, painted wolf and ornamental wolf and in this post we will know more information about the African wild dog.

This species has a brown coat in some areas of the body, blackish and reddish in others and yellow and white in the others with irregular patches all over its body, each copy a different coloring pattern from the others, so it does not there are two the same.

It is thin, weighs between 18 and 36 kilograms and measures between 75 and 141 centimeters, its ears and legs are very long and each leg has four fingers.

This species native to Africa, has seen its population reduced, and is found in Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland and Namibia, and inhabits some grasslands, savannahs, plains and open forests.

It can be found in herds or packs of approximately 40 members, which is dominated by a male and an female alphas.

The African wild dog is carnivorous, and feeds on terrestrial vertebrate species such as wildebeest, zebras and antelopes, hunting in groups or alone and can be seen in some cases fed with small amounts of herbs.

It is currently in danger of extinction, is threatened by the loss of its natural habitat and by poaching, in addition to diseases such as rabies, parvovirus and distemper, which although common, increases the vulnerability of a population already reduced.