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African Wild Dog at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click to see more.

African Wild Dog

Lycaon pictus

Family

Canidae, the dog family.

Conservation Status

Endangered.

Distribution

Southern Africa, East Africa, and scattered throughout the Sahel.

Habitat

Desert, grassland, savannah, and sometimes arid forests.

Factoid

African wild dogs’ large, round ears allow for excellent hearing that is vital to the pack hunt, but they also serve as radiators of heat in a hot climate.