African Wild Dog ( Lycaon Pictus ) Hluhluwe

GROUP: CARNIVORE

Wild Dogs are the most specialised of all Dogs, hunt in packs and prey on medium sized Antelope.When they make a kill, they will swallow pieces of the meat and on returning to the den regurgitate it for the pups and injured individuals that may have stayed behind.

Only the Alpha pair in the pack reproduce.Life expectancy: approxiamatly 10 years, gestation: 2,5 months

Enjoy a short visual clip of Wild Dogs in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve

This footage was taken in the Umfolozi section of the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve while on Safari the guide Trevor was fortunate enough to capture the entire Kill of the Wild Dog pack, interestingly Wild Dog kills have of the highest success rates of up to 85%. Please note that this may not be suitable for sensitve viewers.

At present the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve have an estimated 84 Wild Dogs in the reserve with the new addition of Wild Dog Pups at present.

Additional interesting Facts on the African Wild Dog:

Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
Habitat: Dense forest to open plains

The African Wild Dog is also refered to as the Hunting Dog this social and highly intelligent animal is ENDANGERED (Critically) as predators do they they play a vital role in eliminating the sick and weak, this is done so that the natural balance can be maintained.The Wild Dog has for years been stereotyped as a ruthless killer and thereby not liked in the Farming community.

The African Wild Dog has long legs, large jaw and even larger erect Ears. The main characteristic in not being a house dog is that they have 4 toes and not 5 like the household pet.

African Wild Dog can live in Packs of 6 upto 20, the minimum number of 6 is required in hunting.Prior to each hunt the Wild Dogs will enter into a playful yet peculiar ceremony. Each hunt is organized and co-ordinated.To demonstrate this the Wild Dogs while hunting a prey some of the Wild Dogs will remain close to the prey and others follow close by therefore when the animals ( Wild Dog ) get tired the other Wild Dog will take over the hunt, running long distance’s and up to speeds of 35 miles per hour.The Hierarchy of the Wild Dog attributes to the way inwhich the hunt is eaten and divided in a social behaviour.

Hunting takes place early morning or late evening. The hunting members will return to the den where they will regurgitate meat for the nursing females and pups. Mortality of pups is high and therefore the litter size is large, interestingly the entire pack is involved in the social and welfare of the pups ( both male and female).

Like a finger print no two Wild Dogs are marked the same, large areas are utilised for the hunt and they also cover large distances however once the pack have a litter the area is limited.