What do African wild dogs eat?
Wild dogs will hunt anything from a warthog to a wildebeest, but their preferred prey are medium-sized antelopes such as impala that are no more than twice their own weight. Individual dogs will also opportunistically catch and eat smaller animals such as rats, hares and birds.
Where do African wild dogs live?
African wild dogs need vast home ranges covering hundreds of square miles, far bigger than those of any other African predator. They inhabit open plains and sparse woodlands in sub-Saharan Africa. Painted dogs used to be found in nearly 40 countries. They have disappeared from large parts of their original range, including most of West Africa, and their populations have been decimated. Most of their remaining strongholds are in Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and South Sudan.
How many wild dogs are left?
Today, fewer than 7,000 African wild dogs survive in the wild, and only 1,500 of these are adults. It is thought that just 700 packs of wild dogs remain, scattered across the entire continent. African wild dogs are officially classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.