African wild dog

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African wild dog
Temporal range: Pleistocene – present
African wild dog (Lycaon pictus pictus).jpg
At Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Subfamily: Caninae
Tribe: Canini
Genus: Lycaon
L. pictus
Binomial name
Lycaon pictus
(Temminck, 1820)
African Wild Dog Distrbution.jpg
L. pictus range

The African wild dog or painted dog (Lycaon pictus) is a carnivorous mammal of the Canidae family.[2] In past centuries it had a wide distribution in Africa.

The African wild dog is very social, living in packs. They hunt antelopes, which they catch by chasing them to exhaustion. Like other canids, the African wild dog regurgitates food for its young, and other adults.[3][4][5] Their natural enemies are lions and hyenas: the lions kill the canids where possible; hyenas frequently steal their kills.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Woodroffe, R.; Sillero-Zubiri, C. (2012). "Lycaon pictus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012: e.T12436A16711116.
  2. Wilson, Don E.; Reeder, DeeAnn M. (2005). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. JHU Press. ISBN 0-8018-8221-4.
  3. "AWD - Facts". Born Free Foundation. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  4. "African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus Temminck, 1820) - - Animal Encyclopedia". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  5. "African Wild Dog Natural History". Retrieved 5 September 2017.