About Desert Animals
African Wild Dog
Canidae, the dog family
East and South Africa
Semi desert, savanna, woodland and dense scrub.
They are the largest canids in Africa and have a hyena-like head with very large, bat-like ears. They are slender bodied and long legged and their tri-colored coat is short and coarse. Their coat is black and white at birth, with tan patches developing during the second month. Patterns are unique to each individual. African wild Dogs can run incredibly fast and have been clocked at 37 miles per hour
These carnivores will eat almost anything they can catch and are extremely effective hunters, with success rates averaging 70% of all prey chased being caught.
They are intensively hunted and poisoned because of a largely undeserved reputation as killers of livestock. Other reasons for decline are loss of habitat and introduction of diseases such as distemper and anthrax.
Each pack has a dominant breeding pair which tends to remain monogamous. Gestation is approximately ten weeks and litter sizes can vary from 2 to 20. Females give birth in grass-lined burrows and pups remain in the den for three to four weeks. Once out of the den, they become the responsibility of the whole pack and can nurse from any female.