African Wild Dog

(Lycaon pictus)

The African wild dog is one of the most social dogs, and it lives in packs in the South African savanna. Its short fur features a motley array of colours and patterns – the yellow, grey, white and black patches give the African wild dog its distinctive look.

CHARAKTERISTICS

Range
Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and the Kruger National Park in South Africa

Habitat
Savannah south of the Sahara

Diet
Antelopes, wildebeests and warthogs are usually on the menu

 

Size
approx. 70 cm(shoulder height)

Weight
approx. 17 bis 36 kg

Gestation period
2,5 months

Population
highly endangered (estimated 3000 to 5000 animals)

 

Fast food
The pack hounds its prey over several kilometres until it tires, and reaches top speeds
of 55 km/h.

Fur art
The Latin name Lycaon pictus literally means "painted dog" - fitting, because each animal has a unique coat pattern.

Did you know that...
... African Wild Dog prepare an underground construction for the puppies already before mating,
... only the dominant pair of a pack breeds
... and sexually mature she dogs join new groups?