Overview of the African Wild Dog
African Wild Dogs, also called African Hunting Dog,
Cape Hunting Dog, Painted Dog, Painted Wolf, Painted
Hunting Dog, Spotted Dog, or Ornate Wolfs are canines
in Africa. The African wild dog’s scientific name “Lycaon
pictus” comes from the Greek word for wolf and the Latin
word for painted.
African wild dogs typically weigh between 40 and 75
pounds, and stands at 2.5 feet at the shoulder. It had
a body length of over 3 feet, and a tail length of 1
to 1.5 feet. Interestingly, the African wild dogs from
southern Africa are generally larger than those from
either eastern or western Africa.
The African wild dog is a pack animal. Like the rest
of the canine family, it pursues its prey in a long
hunts in packs. Like most members of the dog family,
African wild dogs pursue their prey in a long open chase.
They have a very high success rate, with nearly 80%
of their hunts ending in a kill. Lions, on the other
hand, only have a success rate of only 30%. There were
once roughly 500,000 African wild dogs in 39 countries.
However, now there are only about 3,000 to 5,500 in
fewer than 25 countries.
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