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Scientific Name: 
Lycaon pictus
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Carnivora
Genus: 
Lycaon
Species: 
pictus
Status: 
Endangered
Population Trend: 
Decreasing

An African Wild Dog is about the size of a German Shepherd, has long legs, large ears, a slender body with an average weight of 20-30kgs. They have unique black, yellow, brown and white mottled fur. Their scientific name Lycaon pictus means “painted wolf” due to their unusual coat colouration. These are the only dogs to have only four toes on the front foot as well as highly specialised hearing.

Other unique features include their pack structure, which is mostly made up of related males and a female from a different lineage. These dogs live in tightly bonded social groups of two to 30 individuals led by a dominant male and female.

They are an Endangered species  (IUCN).

Region: 
Source: 
www.iucnredlist.org
Year assessed: 
2008