Wild Dog is unmistakeable among the medium-sized carnivores:
it has large, rounded ears, long legs, a bushy, white-tipped
tail and a blotched black, yellow and white shaggy coat. No
two wild dogs are exactly alike in pattern. They live and
hunt in packs which usually consist of 10 - 15 animals, and
communicate with calls, body language and greeting rituals.
They are now restricted to the larger National Parks only,
and are greatly reduced in number: to sight a pack of wild
dogs is a rare and thrilling experience.
dog's behavior becomes calm and patient after it has killed
its prey: the adults stand back and let the juveniles eat
first. Parental care is advanced, and the young are very well
cared for: the adults clean and guard the youngsters and feed
them regurgitated meat. Usually 6 - 8 young are born, although
litters may be as large as 16. A pack of wild dogs will drive
hyaenas and leopards away from a kill.