Status in the Wild:
African Wild Dogs live in packs of two individuals all the way up to 20 individuals, and the pack is led by an alpha pair. Typically, only the alpha pair breeds; however, the entire pack will assist in raising the pups.
They also work in packs with cooperative hunting behavior. The larger the pack, the larger the prey that the pack can hunt. The Dogs will hunt anything from small antelope to larger prey such as buffalo.
African Wild Dogs are also commonly referred to as African Painted Dogs due to spots on their bodies that resemble paint splotches.
African Wild Dogs are considered to be an endangered species, due to habitat loss, disease and poaching.