It is the Canidae family and related to the domestic dog. It is found only in Africa, especially in areas savannas, Lycaon pictus. Its scientific name means "painted dog" and it is very curious that no members of the same species have the same pattern of spots and are very difficult to tame.
The African wild dog or Lycaon always hunt in packs and are the best hunters of the world. The African wild dog is very tough, cunning, emit sounds similar to the birds, measuring up to 76.2 centimeters his shoulder, weighing between 18 to 36 kilograms, which in turn makes the prey of lions and hyenas.
These dogs are endangered and in need vast territories to hunt and every time they are fewer, the average life of freedom is only 4 years in captivity, have more opportunities because they can live 10 degrees to 13 years.
The social system of the African wild dog is based on the maternal authority. When hunt given food for members who have stayed in the care of the offspring during their outings.
Date: 11 April 2008
Name: Andrea Marcela Rojas Correa