African wild dogs form packs of up to 40 members, each with a dominant breeding pair, that remain monogamous for life. These gregarious animals are co-operative hunters, relying on sight rather than smell to pinpoint their prey. Hunts tend to occur at dawn and dusk, but on occasion the dogs will venture out if there is a full moon. They chase until their prey tires, reaching speeds up to 55 kmph, and sometimes disemboweling prey it while it is still running.
Scientific name: Lycaon pictus
An aerial perspective gives insight into the technique of African hunting dogs.
It's impossible to follow a wild dog hunt at ground level through the treacherous swamplands of the Okavango. Using the helicopter-mounted camera, the crew managed to capture the entire hunt from the air. The high definition camera meant they could film from far enough above the dogs and their prey not to give alarm and interfere with the natural action.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The African wild dog can be found in a number of locations including: Africa. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
The following habitats are found across the African wild dog distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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