Breaking News!!!!!

African Wild Dogs put on protected species list.

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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

Threats

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.

WWF Protection

Creation of protected areas and protection of major wildlife corridors benefit species such as the African wild dog. In southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique, WWF works to protect important wildlife corridors between major game reserves. We also work to reduce conflict with humans.

Ways to help the Wild Dog

Go to WWF.com and adopt a wild dog of your own, and help support