Our mission here at ChaZen is to Conserve the Environment and connect people with nature. So we would like to introduce you to one of our Ambassador species – The African Wild Dog – which we keep for breeding purposes to safeguard the longevity of the specie.
The African wild dog is known by many names, including Cape Hunting Dog or Painted Dog. The painted refers to the animal’s irregular, mottled coat, which features patches of red, black, brown, white, and yellow fur. Every individual has their own unique coat pattern with big, rounded ears.
They are highly social animals, living in packs with separate dominance hierarchies for males and females. The species are specialised diurnal ( during the day) hunters of antelope. The African wild dog regurgitates food for its young, but this action is also extended to adults. The young are allowed to feed first on carcasses.
Their natural enemies are lions and hyenas and unfortunately in some areas, the farmers hunt them out of fear for their livestock. Wild dogs are categorised as Endangered.
We have various breeding programs to help safeguard the longevity of the specie. The offspring (called pups) will be re-introduced to natural areas, identified for its habitat, and ability to sustain packs of wild dogs. The pups – from these breeding programs – get taught how to hunt as a pack. They will be able to keep the wild populations from genetic bottlenecking.
Wild dogs live in tightly-knit social groups of between two and 27 individuals. They are strongly bonded. They’ll even look after injured dogs, bringing them food until they recover.