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African Wild Dog

by Ella Knowlson


African Wild Dog
By Ella Knowlson
You probably have heard of an African Wild Dog, but did you know that there are only an estimate of 6,600 left on the world? African wild dog are sweet creatures and play a big role in our food chain. In this report im going to tell you about their diet, habitat, what it looks like, and more. After you read this I hope you know more about them.
Pretty And Amazing
Have you heard of a african wild dog?
African wild dogs are amazing animals, they are so cute! Some people might say they look like mickey mouse because they have really big bat-like ears. They have the ability to run more than 44 miles per hour. They can grow up to 30-43 inches in length and stand 24-30 inches at shoulder height, and weigh 40-79 pounds.All african wild dogs have a colorful patchy coat with colors of white, brown, black, gold, and beige. All markings are as unique as a human's finger prints,so easy to identify individuals.Each pack has up to 6-30 dogs each with one  dominant male and one dominant female (alpha pair).  In the website it stated that the alpha pair are the only ones that alpha female gives birth to 10-12 pups of can have a liter up to 21 pups. African wild dog are one of the most socialized animals.
Long bushy tail.

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Splotchy brown, tan, and black fur.  
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Large ears. 
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Large sharp jagged teeth. 
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4-toed feet with pads on the bottom.
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Front feet wider that hind feet.
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Where Are They?
 African wild dogs are one of the most endangered mammals, but in the website it says that they can be found in dense forest or open plains in Africa. Their largest populations remain in southern Africa and can also be found in the southern part of east Africa and Especially in Tanzania and northern Mozambique. African wild dog would prefer the woodland habitat. African wild dogs live in dens / burrows that other animals left behind or abandoned.
Can you spot all 5 african wild dog emojis? 
African wild dogs are carnivores.  They are opportunistic predators that hunt a wide variety of prey, including antelopes, warthogs, wildebeest calves, rats, and birds.The African wild dog is a hypercarnivore, which means its diet consists of over 70 percent meat.They have a success rate of 80% when hunting, there success rate is higher than most predators like lions and leopards. There's a
Large seccsues rate is due to there teamwork and strong bonds.
The website states that When african wild dogs have pups, the pups will only start to eat solid food at 4 weeks old, and will start eating with the pack. That means that their whole diet will be meat so they can grow big and strong!
African wild dogs hunt and eat as a pack, when they're eating no one gets left out they work as a team, so they eat as a team. Although they are primarily diurnal, African wild dogs exhibit crepuscular hunting behavior, venturing out at dusk and dawn when the weather is cooler and they are less likely to confront other predators. Some of their predators are lions and spotted hyenas.
Unique Facts
African wild dogs are the most social mammals and love hunting a lot. They  can run up to 44 mph – the same as a greyhound!  has increflack dible hearing, with muscles allowing its large rounded ears to swivel. The  wild dogs is extremely loyal to its species and habitat,  and failing to become domesticated by humans. According to the article The scientific name of the African wild dog is "lycaon pictus", a latin term meaning "painted wolf". This is the most common nickname for the African wild dog, but they are known by many other monikers including "cape hunting dog", "painted dog", "African hunting dog", "painted hunting dog", and "ornate wolf¨. Just like a snowflake no two are alike.Wild dogs live in packs ranging in size from 6 - 30 members, making their packs one of the largest of the wild canines. Since wild dogs live in such close proximity with each other, they have evolved to be incredibly social. There is a hierarchy within a pack, led by a dominant breeding pair, but struggle is generally limited within the pack once this hierarchy has been established. Wild dogs communicate with one another through touch, tail wags and a variety of vocalizations that include a short bark (which can signify alarm), a howl (which rallies the wild dogs together), and a bell-like sound which can be heard over long distances.

Unlike their domestic counterparts, wild dogs only have four toes per forefoot. In addition, a wild dog's large, round ears allow them to keep track of pack members over long distances through audio signals.when the sun come up the dogs start to play for wild dogs because their prey is the most active during this period and the cover of night gives wild dogs a hunting and camouflage advantage, making them more difficult to be detected by both predators and prey