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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Canidae
Genus:Lycaon
Genus species:Lycaon pictus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:76-112 cm
Height:75 cm
Weight:18-36 kg
Identification:The African wild dog's coat has blotches of black, white, tan and brown. Its muzzle is black, and its ears are rounded. The wild dog has a tufted tail with a white tip.
Habitat:Woodlands, savannas, grasslands, steppes
Diet:Carnivore: mid-sized mammals including wildebeest, impala, and gazelle
Reproduction:African wild dogs breed in the late rainy season. As many as 16 puppies are born after a gestation period of 69-72 days and emerge from the burrow one month later. Weaning is done at 14-15 weeks of age.
A breeding pair is the center of pack behavior. Non-breeding adults help raise the puppies.
Behavior:Prey is killed by running it until it tires and then snapping and tearing at its sides. Wild dogs usually hunt at dawn or dusk.
Status:Endangered: loss of habitat, persecution from humans, diseases of domestic dog
Interesting Facts:Wild dogs have been spotted in the snows of Mount Kilimanjaro at over 18,000 feet.

Other Information

Geographic:Sub-Saharan Africa Date:1976-10 Subjects:African wild dog
canine
Wild dogs
Lycaon
Canidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals