Colorful, quick, nomadic, skillful hunters, and loyal to their pack we have the African wild dog. These dogs used to have a much wider range, but their territory is steadily shrinking due to things like human encroachment via agriculture and mining. These beautiful critters are listed as Endangered by the IUCN. Read more on these fascinating animals.
First the Stats…
Scientific name: Lycaon pictus
Weight: 49 lbs
Length: 3 feet, plus their tail
Lifespan: Up to 17 years
Now on to the Facts!
2.) Being nomadic, the African wild dogs can travel up to 50 miles in a single day! Due to this fact, their territory can encompass 250 to over 900 square miles.
3.) These wild dogs have an approximated 80% kill rate! This is due to their pack hunting strategies.
5.) The biggest threat to African wild dogs is humans.
But wait, there’s more on the African wild dog!
6.) The alpha couple is monogamous. The alpha female will birth between 4 – 12 pups.
7.) There are five subspecies of wild dog in Africa: the Chadian wild dog, the East African wild dog, the Cape wild dog, the West African wild dog, and the Somali wild dog.
Did you know…?
It has been attempted in the past to domesticate these dogs but to no avail. They are naturally fearful of humans, and for good reason.
9.) These colorful critters have just 4 toes per foot. Other dogs, have five toes on their forefeet.
10.) When feeding, there is no aggression towards each other and they will share the kill; even with members who may not have been involved in the hunt.