Indian Wild dog pup, Pench National Park

An Indian wild dog pup peers towards our vehicle while its sibling sleeps outside their den. Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India. 

Indian Wild dog pup – More About Indian Wild Dogs:

The Dhole (Cuon alpinus) otherwise known as the Indian Wild Dog, Red Dog, Asiatic Wild Dog and Whistling Dog is is a canid native to Central, South, East, and Southeast Asia.

Dholes are highly social predators working as a team to bring down prey much larger than themselves. When communicating with one another Indian Wild dogs don’t howl, instead they whistle to communicate with one another. 

Asiatic Wild dogs are highly adaptable and are found in a wide variety of habitats including tropical dry and moist deciduous forest, plantations, evergreen and semi-evergreen forest, and alpine plains. 

Dhole typically hunt in packs of between 2 and 15 individuals, although packs as large as 30 have been recorded. The packs territory size is highly dependent on prey availability, varying from 15 square km to 80 square km. Typical prey includes; Chital, Wild boar, Sambar, Blackbuck, Nilgai, Swamp Deer, Muntjac, Gaur and Asiatic Buffalo.

Dhole Conservation:

Almost everyone worldwide has heard about the fight to save the rhino, elephant and tiger. But there is an animal more endangered than all of the above. It’s estimated that there are only 2,500 mature adult dholes left in the wild, with India thought to be the last stronghold for these overlooked and misunderstood predators.

Major threats to the Dhole population include fragmented habitat, access to enough prey, disease transmission from feral dogs and conflict with humans due to their predation of livestock. This negative relationship has left wild dogs branded as vermin throughout their native range. Dholes also face fierce competition for their prey base with two other top predators: the tiger and the leopard. 

You can find out more about Dholes here.

 

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An Indian wild dog pup peers towards our vehicle while its sibling sleeps outside their den. Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India. 

 

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