Asia's Endangered Animals
Dhole - Cuon alpinus
Excited Dhole by seungmi00
Dholes are Endangered
Dholes, often called the "Red Dog," can be found in eastern Asia, from India to China. These animals are considered endangered since the June of 1970. Dholes use their great teamwork skills, and move in packs to attack and kill animals, even tigers. Some people consider dholes to be a fierce animal so hunters kill them with traps and/or guns.
Dholes like to live in the wild and open places, such as forests or jungles.
Unless dholes move in packs, tigers can be a predator.
Deers are one of the preys the dholes like.
- reddish colour/ brownish highlights
- similar to foxes and wolves
- tip of black on its tails
- lower bodies are yellowish
- narrow face
- short and hyena-like appearance
- teeth are curved and short
- Length: 88-113 cm (about 3 ft)
- Tail length: 40-45 cm
- Male weight: 15-20 kg
- Female weight: 10-13kg
- Mating season: October-January
- no "tug of war"
- female dholes wait in cat-position
- "gestation period"- fetus develops, fertilization starts, ending at birth: 60-63 days
- average of 3-4 pups at a time/ can be up to 12 pups
- dietary overlaps with tigers + leopards
- kill using great teamwork skills
- one grabs prey's nose
- rest of pack pull down prey
- tigers are dangerous prey OR predators
- rarely kill tigers for food
Above the dholes (predators):
- most of the time, tigers
- diseases kill dholes a lot /from other animals but most from humans!
Below the dholes (preys):
- berries + bugs
- dholes like open spaces (Ex: jungles + forests)
- grassy meadows
- Range: moving more from north to southeast Asia
- Mountain ranges: extending from Tien Shan to Altai Mountains
Below is the dholes' range:
How you can help
Why we should help the dholes:
- Dholes are extremely close to being extinct, and numbers of these animals are significantly decreasing each year
- food chain would be affected
What is being done currently:
- dholes are protected by new laws and organizations
What you can do:
Many people are offering to donate to help fund for organizations helping endangered animals! Please help the innocent animals and give them a chance to survive by taking a step forward.
- #1 treat: Humans!
- vulnerable to diseases
- from human pollution + deadly viruses
- save? try best NOT to litter
- be a sponsor of organizations to help endangered animals (Ex: World Wildlife Fund)