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Introduction: The African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus) is one of Africa's most endangered mammal species. Various factors contribute to its decline in numbers: Persecution by mankind, including until recently within conservation areas. Infection from diseases such as rabies and distemper when in contact with domestic animals. Its specific Latin name 'pictus' means painted and refers to its patched coat. The wild dog is unmistakable among medium-sized carnivores; characteristic features include large rounded ears, long legs, bushy and broad white-tipped tails. The African Wild Dog is specifically adapted to living in packs, one of the primary functions being to secure food. An advantage of pack hunting is an increased probability of success and higher efficiency of food resources. They are gregarious (fond of company) and packs of between 12 - 20 dogs are normal, although groups sizes can be as large as 40. The packs normally hunt in the early mo... read more  Read More