Lycaon pictus

info about the lycaon wild dogs

The current population has been estimated at roughly 39 sub-populations containing 6,600 adults, only 1,400 of which are fully grown.The African wild dog has very strong social bonds, stronger than those of sympathetic lions and spotted hyenas, thus solitary living and hunting is extremely rare in the species.

Tycaon enemies

Lions dominate African wild dogs, and are a major source of mortality for both adults and pups.Population densities of African wild dogs are low in areas where lions are more abundant.One pack reintroduced into Etosha National Park was destroyed by lions, and a population crash in lions in the Ngorongoro Crater during the 1960s resulted in an increase in African wild dog sightings, only for their numbers to decline once the lions recovered. However, there are a few reported cases of old and wounded lions falling prey to African wild dogs.

tycaon enemies

Spotted hyenas are important kleptoparasites, and will follow packs of African wild dogs in order to appropriate their kills. They will typically inspect areas where African wild dogs have rested and eat any food remains they find. When approaching African wild dogs at a kill, solitary hyenas will approach cautiously and attempt to take off with a piece of meat unnoticed, though they may be mobbed in the attempt. When operating in groups, spotted hyenas are more successful in pirating African wild dog kills, though the latter's greater tendency to assist each other puts them at an advantage against spotted hyenas, who rarely work in unison. Cases of African wild dogs scavenging from spotted hyenas are rare. Although African wild dog packs can easily repel solitary hyenas, on the whole, the relationship between the two species is a one sided benefit for the hyenas, with African wild dog densities being negatively correlated with high hyena populations.