African Wild Dog

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    This chap is part of a small group, who probably belong to a larger pack. Wild dogs always live as part of a pack, as their chances of survival when alone, or even as a group of 3 or less is pretty much zero.

    Many sources indicate that Wild dog packs chase prey in 'relays', where one runs at the front and once it tires another takes over. The theory is that this allows them to keep chasing over great distances. However, this is completely impractical and untrue. Instead the dogs just have awesome endurance and can just keep running compared to most other wild animals.

    Wild dogs can't kill animals in the same way as the big cats. Their front legs aren't as strong and their claws are blunt as they don't retract like on a cat. Therefore they can't grab an animal to deliver a killer bite in the neck. Instead dogs tend to chase their victim to exhaustion when they can kill them more easily. With smaller prey they will grab it and vigorously shake it side to side, usually breaking the animal's neck or back.

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    1. fkgerson 29 months ago | reply

      Hi. We are part of the Range Wide Conservation Program for Cheetah and African Wild Dogs (, and we have seen your nice wild dog photo and would really appreciate if you would upload it to our iNaturalist project to assist the species’ conservation. With this we are hoping to track the distribution of both wild dogs and cheetahs via sightings. Please follow this link to upload your sighting. If your photo is geotagged then please click the box called "sync", otherwise you can locate it by zooming in on the map and clicking to add a dot.:

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