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Why Are African Wild Dogs Endangered?

Wild dogs were once widely distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Today, viable populations may exist in only a handful of countries. Habitat loss and human persecution are the main causes of decline. Wild dogs fall victim to snaring, shooting, and speeding vehicles on roadways. This graphic picture is of a yearling female that died in a snare set by a poacher for antelope. Disease such as rabies and distemper may also threaten some wild dog populations.

The increasing needs of a growing human population place greater demands on natural resources, inevitably shrinking the living space for wildlife. The African Wild Dog Conservancy is committed to community-based research and education to help conserve this unique canid.

Interesting Facts about Wild Dogs

African wild dogs are not domestic dogs gone wild, nor are they closely related to wolves. Learn more about their genetic relationship to other canids.

Order: Carnivora
Lycaon pictus
mottled coat of yellow, black, white, and brown
Head and Body Length:
76123 cm
1736 kg, avg. 25 kg
Shoulder Height:
6178 cm
longitudinal black mark on forehead; large, round ears; bushy, white-tipped tail
Reproduction Time of Mating in southern African usually around June, more variable in East Africa
Gestation Length:
6972 days
Litter Sizes:
avg. approx. 8
Age of Sexual Maturity:
1 year, but usually sexual suppression results in later age of reproduction
Home Range
Size and Movement:
4231318 km²; except when denning, packs are nomadic, covering large areas; many live in unprotected areas or range outside park boundaries
woodland and dense bush to open plains