How to tell our African hunting dogs apart

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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! 

Donnie the African hunting dog

Donnie

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.

Brandy the African hunting dog

Brandy

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.

Brandy African hunting dog

Ginger

True to her name, Ginger is mainly ginger in colour, with a few mottled markings on her coat.

Malindi the African hunting dog

Malindi

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.

Bee Bee African hunting dog

Bee Bee

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? 

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