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African wild dogs intensely close pack structure is its greatest
strength, making the pack a force to be reckoned with. Wild
dogs are the most efficient hunters in
Africa, successful 80% of the time in bringing down
antelope, pig, and massive prey such as zebra and
wildebeast that may easily be 10 times the size of an
After the hunt, the meal is freely distributed to pups, the
nursing mom, and the sick, old or injured.
Female African wild dogs
are often larger than males, and many male/female roles in the pack
structure are reversed. Although the pack most often hunts together,
when the Alpha female has a young litter it is usually a small group of
adult males that will remain back at the den with her, tending to the
many pups, while a hunting party of swift and powerful females set out
first thing in the morning, and then again in late afternoon to procure
the two meals a day the pack enjoys. But in one of the most unique role
reversals, small groups of young females wean away from
the pack to form a new pack of their own, or join a pack whose females
have also left, while the majority of young
males stay with the pack their entire lives, dutifully tending to the
needs of another males
- African Wild Dog Facts
Almost all animals are
play as youngsters practicing fight or flight techniques that will make
them successful adults, Even without siblings or friends to experiment
with, youngsters who grow up alone like certain antelope, bear or cat
species will entertain themselves all day long with imaginative play.
As most animals mature, however, play is replaced by the actual
activities they once practiced and, especially with animals whose
destiny after leaving
their mothers side is to live a solitary life with only occasional
interaction for breeding purposes, the urge to play may simply fade
away. Many canine species maintain high
levels of play and joyful interaction with no real purpose all through
their adult lives leading to mature animals that are full of curiosity
and richness of character.
Sparrow? Canary? Owl?
Nope- Just an African Wild Dog!
African wild dog is an incredibly vocal animal emitting squeaks, chirps
and hoots reminescent of many common birds, but few of the sounds
created by the more familiar dog species we may have overheard.
Instead of howling in the night, a seperated wild
dog looking for the pack makes a "hoo" noise which sounds almost
exactly like an owl! While hunting and feeding, the pack chirps and
squeals like a flock of small birds, or a noisy pod of dolphins!
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