African Wild Dogs put on protected species list.
Scientific Name-Lycaon pictus
Color- orange with black blotches all over its body, with the feet being white.
Weight- 40 to 70 pounds
Height- 30 inches
Travels in large pack
Habitat- African savannah, deserts, or forests. Prefer hotter climates from 80-100 F like the temperatures in Africa.
Location- Eastern coastal Africa
Population estimate- 3,000-5,000
Role in Ecosystem- carnivore
Foods- Gazelles, and smaller mammals
Major threats to the survival of wild dogs include accidental and targeted killings by humans, viral diseases like rabies and distemper, habitat loss and competition with larger predators like lions.
Conflicts occur when wild dogs come in contact with people whose livelihoods rest largely on livestock and agriculture.
Problems arise when expanding human activities decrease the habitat for available prey for wild dogs.