Ecology / Behaviour

Wild dogWild dogs are most often found in wooded savannah, although they can be seen in habitat ranging from open grassland to thick bush. They live in packs ranging from 2-30 dogs, made up of a combination of adults and yearlings and males and females.

Including puppies, packs as big as 56 dogs have been seen. Packs cover large areas, with yearly home ranges usually between 200-600km2. Despite their large ranges, they are territorial and packs invariably fight if they encounter one another. Wild dogs are always found at low density, probably because of competition from larger carnivores such as lions and spotted hyaenas.