National Geographic Documentary – African Wild Dog – Wildlife Animal

The African wild dog, African hunting dog, African painted dog, Cape hunting dog or painted wolf (Lycaon pictus) is a canid native to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is the largest of its family in Africa, and the only extant member of the genus Lycaon, which is distinguished from Canis by its fewer toes and its dentition, which is highly specialised for a hypercarnivorous diet. It is classified as endangered by the IUCN, as it has disappeared from much of its original range. The current population has been estimated at roughly 39 subpopulations containing 6,600 adults, only 1,400 of which are fully grown.[2] The decline of these populations is ongoing, due to habitat fragmentation, human persecution, and disease outbreaks.

The African wild dog is a highly social animal, living in packs with separate dominance hierarchies for males and females. Uniquely among social carnivores, it is the females rather than the males that scatter from the natal pack once sexually mature, and the young are allowed to feed first on carcasses. The species is a specialised diurnal hunter of antelopes, which it catches by chasing them to exhaustion. Like other canids, it regurgitates food for its young, but this action is also extended to adults, to the point of being the bedrock of African wild dog social life. It has few natural predators, though lions are a major source of mortality, and spotted hyenas are frequent kleptoparasites.

Although not as prominent in African folklore or culture as other African carnivores, it has been respected in several hunter-gatherer societies, particularly those of the predynastic Egyptians and the San people.

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  1. GREAT DOCUMENTARY OF THE WILD DOG STARTEGIES ON THEIR PREY. ALSO THE REPORTER HAS A GOOD COMMAND OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

  2. You guys assist these predators in making kills. Often times you don't show us the killing process. For instance the Nyala kill in this particular video. And also in other documentaries when you film at night using artificial lighting (massive torch lights); such scenarios favors carnivores and the herbivores like buffalo, impala etc they are sort of blinded and killed easily. My question is that even legal or fair. I think you should document animals in their natural ways. What you do is
    unethical somehow!

  3. No matter how hard I try I can never get over my dislike for hyenas! Do not wish to see them killed but just can not stand them! Maybe it is how brutal they r to each other!

  4. 37:30 male deer running away. then say he turned without showing. then a dead female deer is shown all the while saying its the same hunt. Sensationalism is a bitch

  5. They're called "African wild dogs" however they are actually pretty different genealogically from actual dogs. A very stupid and misleading name for such a cool animal

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