African Wild Dogs

Scientific name of African wild dog is Lycaon pictus. It is about thirty inches at the shoulder and weights about fifty five to seventy pounds. Life span of African wild dog is 10 to 12 years. It lives in dense forest to open plains and is carnivorous. The African wild dog is also called the hunting dog. Its legs are long and it has a big and very large jaw. It resembles some domestic dogs. African wild dogs live in packs of six to twenty. If the pack numbers fall below six, hunting efficiency is eroded. They can run at a speed of about thirty five miles per hour. They usually hunt in the early morning and again in late evening.