African Painted Dogs
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Where do African painted dogs live?
African painted dogs are native to western, eastern, and central sub-Sahara Africa, but their population has slowly reduced over most of their range throughout the past 100 years. They currently survive only in isolated populations throughout Southern and Eastern Africa.
In the wild, painted dogs can now only be found in a few countries including Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Namibia, and Kenya.
Are African painted dogs endangered?
Yes, there are estimated to be fewer than 4000 in the wild. Reasons for their decline include persecution by humans, predator control programs, habitat loss and diseases like rabies and distemper.
Why do African painted dogs have big ears?
These animals are easily distinguished from other canids by their distinctive yellow, black, and white coats, and their large rounded ears, which help them dissipate heat.
How do African painted dogs recognize other members of their pack?
Interestingly, each animal’s coat is as unique as a human fingerprint, allowing the dogs (and us) to distinguish one from another. Researchers believe that the color patterns allow them to recognize each other at distances of 50 to 100 meters.
Do African painted dogs live in packs?
They do. In fact, their social behavior also sets them apart from other canids. They spend about 80% of their time in close association with one another, more than any other species of wild canid.
What do African painted dogs eat?
Due to the closeness of their pack and the participation of all but the young and the babysitters of the pack, painted dogs astoundingly catch their prey 60% of the time (compared to the 10% success rate of other canids). Their ability to reach and sustain speeds of up to 41 mph allows them to catch many elusive ungulates including gazelles, antelope, impala, kudu and wildebeest.
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The African Painted Dog, known commonly as the African wild dog, is one of the most endangered mammals in the world. Your symbolic adoption of our African Painted Dog pack includes a 12-month membership to the Endangered Wolf Center.