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Extinct Animal : African Wild Dog

African Wild Dog Lycaon pictus

Although similar in appearance to hyenas, African wild dogs are nevertheless true wild canidae. They are a mixture of black, yellow, and white in such a wide variety of patterns that no two individuals look exactly alike. African wild dogs are widely distributed across the African plains but they do not live in jungle areas.

They are social animals, living in packs of usually from 2 to 45 individuals. A hierarchy exists within the pack, but the animals are so friendly to one another that the pecking order is hard to determine. The young and the infirm are given special privileges within the pack.

African wild dogs use their sense of sight, not smell, to find their prey. They pay no attention to wind direction and they do not use cover when approaching their prey. They can run up to 55 km/h for several kilometres. In eastern Africa, they mostly hunt Thomsonís gazelles, but they will also attack calves, warthogs, zebras, impalas, and the young of large antelopes such as the gnu.

Growing human populations have decreased or degraded the African wild dogís habitat and also diminished their available prey. Road kill and human persecution have also had a negative impact on African wild dog populations. This species is also susceptible to a variety of diseases such as distemper, which is controlled in domestic dogs. Conservation of the African wild dogís natural habitat must have the highest priority, as these dogs suffer in habitats modified by human intrusion.

List Of Extinct/Endangered Animals
African Elephant
African Wild Dog
American Alligator
Asian Lion
Atlantic Ridley
Atlantic Salmon
Bald Eagle
Black Footed Ferret
Black Lemur
Blue Whale
Bowhead Whale
California Condor
Carolina Parakeet
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Eastern Cougar
Eskimo Curlew
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Fin Whale
Florida Manatee
Galapagos Flightless Cormorant
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Giant Anteater
Giant Armadillo
Giant Panda
Great Auk
Greater Prairie Chicken
Green Turtle
Grey Whale
Grizzly Bear
Humpback Whale
Imperial Parrot
Indian Rhinoceros
Japanese Crested Ibis
Komodo Dragon
Leatherback Turtle
Loggerhead Turtle
Mediterranean Monk Seal
Monkey Eating Eagle
Mountain Gorilla
Passenger Pigeon
Peregrine Falcon
Piping Plover
Pronghorned Antelope
Przewalski's Horse
Pygmy Hippopotamus
Sea Otter
Sei Whale
Shortnose Sturgeon
Snow Leopard
Trumpeter Swan
Vancouver Island Marmot
White Pelican
White Rhinoceros
Whooping Crane
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Wild Yak
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