African wild dog is a unique and important species quite unrelated
to the domestic dog.
dogs are highly social carnivores that hunt in packs of 20-30 animals.
They eat mainly medium-sized antelope such as impala but can take
prey as large as buffalo. Each pack is nomadic within a large 500km
- In most
packs, only one dog and bitch breed each year producing a single litter
of up to 25 pups. Pups are fed by the rest of the pack who regurgitate
meat for them.
distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa, wild dogs are now highly
endangered with less than 500 dogs living in 600-1000 packs.
causes of their decline have been:
diplays include a wild dog prepared by Roland Ward, arguably the greatest