African Hunting Dog

Two mottled, caramel coloured African hunting dogs take a contented break on strawstrewn terrain. Their large, black, rounded ears with tufts of creamy hair at the base stay perked up - ever alert.

What they look like 

Each dog has its own unique patterns and markings. No two are the same.

Animal facts

Pack sizes range from 4 to 40 animals, usually with more males than females. Communication is highly developed and hunting is carefully planned with each dog having a role to play in ensuring the kill.

What they eat

Mostly antelope and wildebeest but often warthogs, zebra and even lizards.

Habitat

Grassy plains, bushy savannah.

Where they live

Sub Sarahan Africa although virtually gone from West Africa.

Threats

Human encroachment, diseases spread by domestic  animals, and persecution by humans.

Learn about our conservation work with African hunting dogs >

Population
Decreasing
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae