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Favorite Images of African Wild Dogs

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A list of my favorite images of African wild dogs.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycaon_pictus

The African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is a canid native to Sub-Saharan Africa.

It is the largest of its family in Africa and the only member of the genus Lycaon, which is distinguished from Canis by its fewer toes and dentition, which is highly specialised for a hypercarnivorous diet.

It is classed as endangered by the IUCN, as it has disappeared from much of its original range. The current population has been estimated at roughly 39 subpopulations containing 6,600 adults, only 1,400 of which are fully grown. The decline of these populations is ongoing, due to habitat fragmentation, human persecution and disease outbreaks.

The African wild dog is a highly social animal, living in packs with separate dominance hierarchies for males and females. Uniquely among social carnivores, it is the females rather than the males that disperse from the natal pack once sexually mature and the young are allowed to feed first on carcasses.

The species is a specialised diurnal hunter of antelopes, which it catches by chasing them to exhaustion.

Like other canids, it regurgitates food for its young, but this action is also extended to adults, to the point of being the bedrock of L. pictus social life.

It has few natural predators, though lions are a major source of mortality, and spotted hyenas are frequent kleptoparasites.

Although not as prominent in African folklore or culture as other African carnivores, it has been respected in several hunter-gatherer societies, particularly those of the predynastic Egyptians and the San people.

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