African Wild Dog

Have you ever heard of the African Wild Dog?  They are one of the most endangered animals in the world!  African wild dogs have long legs, massive jaws and bat-like ears.  On their paws they only have four toes instead of five like other dogs.  They also have large, bushy, white tails that are thought to be used to guide the pack.

Their diet consists of gazelles, antelopes, warthogs, wildebeest, rats and birds.  These dogs only hunt in the early morning and late afternoon.  African wild dogs tend to hunt in groups so that they can take down larger animals.  These packs usually have an alpha male and female.  They are the only two that mate.  Generally, packs will have 10 dogs in them that are mostly males.  The packs used to be about 100 dogs before they became endangered.  Every member of the pack cares for the pups except for the alpha male and female.  The African wild dogs’ habitats are savannas, grasslands, open woodlands and dense forests.  The dogs often hunt near their den and cover about 400 miles of ground each day.

Each dog has a different pattern on their coats of fur.  Farmers and hunters kill these dogs because of their one of a kind patterns.  Because of this, African wild dogs are extinct in some places of Africa.  In conclusion, the survival rate of the African wild dogs is improving because of the many organizations that protect them and let people “adopt” one.