African painted dog

African painted dog

Gadhar seilge Afracach

  • Scientific name: Lycaon pictus
  • IUCN status: Endangered
  • Habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa to South Africa, except for West and Central African rainforests – savannah, plains, swamps, semi-desert, mountains up to 3,000m
  • Diet: Carnivore – hunts gazelle, impala, zebra, wildebeest, hares, rodents, other small animals

Also known as African wild (the scientific name means ‘painted wolf’), African painted dogs have unique coat markings, making them easily identifiable within packs.African painted dogs live in packs of up to 20 adults and to find enough food for the entire pack they have to travel long distances bringing them into conflict with local farmers.

Keeper’s Secret

The whole pack of African painted dogs takes care of its pups and allows them to feed first, even before the dominant breeding pair.

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