AFRICAN WILD DOG

Once widespread across sub-Saharan Africa, this charismatic canid, with its mottled russet, black and white coat, Mickey Mouse ears and a reputation as a voracious pack hunter, has been eradicated from much of its former range. Spotting African wild dogs on safari requires luck and patience. But you can boost your chances of a brush with the ‘painted wolf’ by heading to protected areas with thriving packs, such as Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania and Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve.

VITAL STATISTICS

African wild dog

Lycaon pictus

 

Length 76-110cm

Weight 18-36kg

Did you know... African wild dogs live in packs of usually 7-15 adults, but sometimes up to 40.

RANGE & HABITAT

Running down its prey over large distances, the African wild dog is most suited to savannah and open woodland habitats. Once widespread across Africa, it is now mainly restricted to isolated populations in southern and East Africa.

STATUS

African wild dogs are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Habitat loss brings these wide-ranging predators into contact with farming communities, resulting in mortality from conflict and diseases such as rabies.

CONSERVATION

Fewer than 7,000 African wild dogs survive in the wild. Painted Dog Conservation supports education programs and anti-poaching patrols in Zimbabwe, while its rehab facility treats injured and orphaned dogs before returning them to the wild.

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