Our African hunting dog exhibit at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is home to our five sisters, Donnie, Brandy, Malindi, Ginger and Bee Bee.
Thanks to their distinctive coats, members of an African hunting dog pack can recognise each other from distances of 100 metres! But can you tell them apart? We're here to help!
Our leading lady of the pack is perhaps one of the easiest to spot as she has the most dark markings on her coat, along with a white strip curving over her tail.
The distinctive black stripe towards the end of Brandy’s white tail is a sure fire way to set her apart from her four sisters.
True to her name, Ginger is mainly ginger in colour, with a few mottled markings on her coat.
Things start to get a bit trickier when it comes to identifying our two remaining sisters, but Malindi can be told apart from her sisters thanks to the distinctive white patch on the left of her tail, and black band that runs over her shoulders.
Last, but not least, is Bee Bee, who you can tell apart by the white patch towards the bottom of her hind quarters on her left side, as well as the long white socks on both of her hind legs.
Endangered in the wild, our African hunting dog exhibit aims to educate the public on the plight of the species in the wild as well as highlight their incredible adaptations, such as their large ears, highly social nature and unique coat patterning. Now you know how to tell our ladies apart, why not pay them a visit and put your skills to the test?
- Find out more about African hunting dogs and why they're under threat in the wild
- Discover more about ZSL's work in the field with African hunting dogs
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