The African Wild Dog

(Lycaon pictus)

The Endangered mammel

The African Wild Dog is missing from Africa specifically southern animals

Characteristics of the species

Size:30 inches at the shoulder

Weight:55 to 70 pounds

Lifespan:10 to 12 years

Habitat:Dense forest to open plains


Gestation:21/2 months


Fun Facts

  • The scientific name for the African Wild dog means “painted wolf”. No two wild dogs have the same markings, which makes them easily identifiable as individuals.
  • African wild dogs have huge home ranges and are constant wanderers. In the Serengeti the estimated size of each pack’s territory is 1,500 km2. An area the size of Greater London, which is home to 7.5 million people, could therefore only support one or two African wild dog packs.