African Wild Dog

posted: 11/23/15
African Wild Dogs
Scientific Name: Lycaon pictus
Number Remaining: estimated 3,000 to 5,500
Average Length: 30-56 inches
Average Weight: 40-70 pounds
The African Wild Dog can be found in sub-Saharan Africa, with the largest concentration in Tanzania and Northern Mozambique. The wild dogs live in packs, which can vary from 10 to 40 dogs. A monogamous mated pair usually dominates each pack. African wild dogs are also very social, helping the sick and weak, sharing food, and "talking" to each other through vocalizations and touch.

Human interaction, loss of habitat, and the spreading of diseases like rabies are the main threats to African wild dogs. Many farmers shoot and poison African wild dogs because they blame the species for loss of livestock. Human settlements and farms are expanding , which takes away from the land where the African wild dogs roam.

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Lots of Love Between this Pair of African Wild Dogs

How You Can Help:

  • African Wildlife Foundation: Learn more about African Wild Dogs, solutions to their problem, and make a monetary donation towards their conservation.
  • World Wildlife Fund: Learn more about African Wild Dogs, the threats they face, and what can be done to help them.
  • Defenders.Org: Symbolically adopt a Wild Dog, learn how you can take action within the government and speak up as a wildlife advocate.
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