Cape Hunting Dog
Hunting dogs, also known as painted dogs, or African wild dogs, are one of the most social canine species. Both sexes look similar
Size: HBL 75 to 110cm
Weight: 18 - 36kg
Hunting dogs are found in a variety of habitats including savannahs, semi-desert, plains and woodlands. They live in large packs from 2 - 27 individuals.
Hunting dogs mainly hunt medium-sized antelope, such as impala and gazelle, but between the pack they can take down prey weighing up to 200kg!
Hunting dogs can run at a top speed of 64km/h (that's 40mph!). However they can maintain a speed of 48km/h for up to 5km - meaning eventually they can run down most species.
Hunting dogs were formally found throughout all sub-Saharan Africa, but their numbers have dropped dramatically. Their current wild population is estimated to only be around 1,400 mature individuals. Numbers are continuing to decline as a result of ongoing habitat fragmentation, conflict with human activities, and infectious disease.