7 Facts About African Wild Dog You’ve Never Heard Of


The African wild dog has always been a misunderstood species. But now that they’re on the brink of extinction, people are starting to appreciate them for their role in our ecosystem. Here are seven facts about African wild dogs that might help you understand these beautiful animals better:

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African wild dog is the largest carnivore in Africa.

African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is the largest carnivore in Africa. It can weigh up to 65 pounds and stands at 2 feet tall on its hind legs. It also has a long, narrow snout compared to other canids like wolves or foxes.

African wild dogs are member of the canid family that includes domestic dogs and their closest relatives, foxes, jackals, coyotes and wolves — but unlike these other species they live in packs with only one breeding pair producing offspring at any given time.

African wild dogs are native to sub-Saharan Africa, where they were once common across much of southern Africa; though now their range has been greatly reduced due to human encroachment as well as disease outbreaks from domestic dogs brought into areas where African wild dogs live by humans who then leave behind feces from those animals that contain diseases such as rabies or distemper virus (which causes coughing).

There are only 6,600 African wild dog left in the wild.

This number is very small and should make you think about how many other species are threatened by human activity.

It’s estimated that between 6,000 to 7,000 African wild dogs still live in the wild. This number has decreased by approximately 90% since the 1980s due to habitat loss, poaching and disease transmission from domestic dogs.

African wild dog pups also have a 50-50 chance of survival during their first year—if they survive past one year then they can live up to 12 years in the wild (although 10 years is more common). Because of this low life expectancy, conserving them is crucial for maintaining a healthy ecosystem and food chain balance—as well as saving them from extinction!

The African wild dog can run up to 44 miles per hour and run for about 20 minutes without stopping.

The African wild dog is the fastest land mammal, reaching speeds of up to 44 miles per hour. They can stay at that speed for about 20 minutes before needing a break. Their amazing speed helps them hunt, as well as avoid becoming prey themselves.

African wild dogs live in packs of 12 to 30 dogs and depend on their teamwork to bring down large prey like antelope. They also have excellent jumping ability. They are able to jump over fences and walls without slowing down!

About 80 percent of the pups born each year do not make it to adulthood.

As much as you may have heard about the African wild dog, there’s still a lot to learn. One of the most interesting facts about these animals is that only 80 percent of pups born each year make it to adulthood. The rest are killed by predators or human hunters for bushmeat.

In fact, hyenas and lions can easily prey on young wild dogs—hyenas often catch them when they’re distracted by their mother’s care-giving behavior, while lions take advantage of their tendency to run away when approached by large groups (and an adult male lion could easily overpower even a large pack). The mother may also kill her own puppies if she deems them too weak or sickly.

It’s important to note that this high mortality rate doesn’t just apply to newborns; many more die within weeks of being born from illnesses like canine distemper virus, which affects both dogs and humans alike but is particularly harmful for animals with short lifespans like African wild dogs due to its impact on neurological systems like sight and smell

Every member of the pack has a task to do.

The pack is comprised of two alphas, the super-alpha pair, and the rest of the subordinates. The alphas are responsible for hunting and providing food for their pack, which includes all their subordinates.

In addition to their sight, they are also guided by their keen sense of smell.

Did you know that African wild dogs use their keen sense of smell to help them find food? They have an extremely sensitive sense of smell, which they use to identify each other and communicate with one another. The size of their nasal cavity is larger than other canids’, giving them a superior sense of smell. They can also detect chemicals in the air from miles away!

African wild dogs are known for having particularly acute hearing abilities; however, despite being excellent swimmers and having webbed feet, they cannot see well underwater. Because African wild dogs rely on their sight and hearing so much more than other animals (like lions), it might be helpful if you could visit these animals at night when it’s harder for predators like hyenas to sneak up on them with stealth tactics like moving slowly through tall grasses without making sound while they hunt prey together as a group—but since we don’t live in Africa yet…

The African wild dog is at risk of extinction because of habitat loss and human conflict.

You may be wondering, “Are African wild dogs a threat to humans?” The answer is no. These animals are not aggressive in any way and will only attack if they feel threatened. If you live in South Africa, Botswana or Zimbabwe and you worry about the possibility of an encounter with an African wild dog—don’t. They are endangered because of habitat loss and human conflict (not because they’re dangerous).

So why are these amazing animals facing extinction? Habitat loss is one factor at play here—their habitats have been destroyed by deforestation or agricultural development. Another contributing factor is human conflict: people often try to kill these creatures because they believe them to be dangerous pests (which they’re not).

African wild dogs have always been misunderstood, but hopefully people will now appreciate them and their role in our ecosystem.

African wild dogs have always been misunderstood, but hopefully people will now appreciate them and their role in our ecosystem.

African wild dogs are very important to the ecosystem of Africa. They help control populations of prey animals such as antelopes and zebras, which means that there are fewer animals competing for resources like water and food. Their hunting also helps keep prey animals healthy by removing sick or injured animals from the population. This benefits both the prey species and predators by reducing disease outbreaks, which can affect more than one species at once if left unchecked.

African wild dog attacks on humans are rare—and when they do occur it’s usually because humans were trying to feed or lure out packs with food! The African wild dog is not naturally aggressive towards humans; its ancestors were domesticated thousands of years ago so it’s possible for them to live peacefully alongside human settlements without causing any problems besides scaring some folks who haven’t seen them before!


We hope you learned something new about African wild dogs! As you can see, these fascinating animals have a lot to offer. They’re resilient and resourceful and they help maintain balance in the ecosystem. We need your help to protect them because their numbers are dwindling fast due to human conflict and habitat loss. If you want to learn more about what you can do for this amazing species, check out our website: http://www.africawilddogconservation.org/.


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