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The African wild dog, or Cape hunting dog, is a wild canine native to sub-Saharan Africa. Its scientific name, Lycaon pictus, translates to “painted wolf.” They are the largest wild canine in Africa and the only extant member of the genus Lycaon.

An ancient species, the African wild dog is thought to have evolved roughly 2 million years ago. They are considered the oldest of the canid species, which also includes wolves, dogs, and foxes. These animals have a distinctive hunting technique in which the entire pack hunts together, pursuing prey until it is worn out. With around 75% of their hunts concluding in a successful kill, they are one of Africa’s most successful hunters.

As a result of ongoing habitat fragmentation, human-wildlife conflict, and disease outbreaks, their population numbers are continuing to drop, making them one of the most endangered mammals in Africa.

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