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African Wild Dog

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African Wild Dog

Lycaon Pictus
Endangered

Habitat
Ecosystem
Biotic Factors:
Gazelles, Antelopes, Warthogs, Wildebeest calves, Rats, and Birds.
Enemies and Survival
Eats gazelles and other antelopes, warthogs, wildebeest calves, rats and birds
Reproduction
Reproduction is seasonal in most regions.
Behavior
They are aggressive with humans
Conservation & Future
Ecological Importance:
African Dogs kill antelopes, gazelle and zebra heard, making these populations stronger by removing the weakest members.
Abiotic Factors:
Air, Water
Range:
Arid Zones, Savanna Woodland, and Mountainous Habitats
Biotic Protection:
African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)
Abiotic Protection:
Dens
African Wild Dogs are secondary consumers
They are prey to lions, spotted hyenas, and humans
They are also predators to other animals
Animals that have symbiotic relationship:
Feral Dogs, Chinese Dhole, Coydog, Dingo
A breeding pair can be identified by their increased tendency to urine mark
When new packs form, the alpha pair may not mate immediately
The pack plays roles in "babysitting", some go hunting for food while some look after the pups.
the pack brings back food to the mother than later to the pups.
African Wild Dogs produce around 2-20 pups per litter
An average of 8 per litter
Pups remain at site or 10-12 weeks
After 3 months, the pups are ready to leave the den.
African wild dogs are aggressive carnivores.
Live in packs
Packs size range from 6-20 dogs
New packs form when a group of sisters or brothers emigrate together and join opposite-sex groups.
When a group of brothers meets successfully with a group of sisters, the pick will begin to reproduce.
Fun Facts
AFW are also known as painted dogs
AFW have four toes when other canines have five
They have been around for 3 million years
they can run up to 35mph or more
According to the Wildlife Conservation Network, there has never been a reported case of an African wild dog attacking a person
at one time over 500,000 existed but now only 3000 by 2010
Humans hunt the dogs.
They are prey to some animals
Some drowned in the dens at birth do to floods
Others are poisoned.
Anatomy of African Wild Dogs
Color
Coat of yellow, black, white, and brown, each dog with its own specific pattern.
Height & Weight
Should height: 27-35 inches
Weight: 35-50, Average 55 lbs
Mating Time & Litter Size
Time: Geographically variable
Size: 2-21, average 6-9
Life Span and Gestation
Life: 10 to 12 years
Gestation: 2.5 months
Diet
Carnivorous
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