Wild Dog

Lycaon pictus

Size: Up to 75cm high
Habitat: Savannah and light woodland
Feeding: Mammals - gazelles, impala, etc

The African Wild Dog is also called the African Hunting Dog. It is an endangered species and it is thought that there may be only 3,000 - 5,000 left in the wild.

As the name suggests, it is a dog-like mammal with large ears. The coat is mostly shades of brown with patterns of black, yellow and white. Each dog has a unique coat with a white tip to the tail.

They hunt in packs which allows them to take larger prey than hunting individually, such as Thomson's Gazelle, Impala and even Zebra.

They have a lifespan of 10 years.

The top two photos were taken in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. The third was taken in the Selous National Park, Tanzania.









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