Kingdom : Animalia
                         Class : Mammalia
                      Family : Canidae
       Scientific Name : Cuon Alpinus

                      Size(L) : 75cm - 100cm 
                                       (29in - 43in)
                      Weight : 12kg - 20kg 
                                       (26lbs - 44lbs)
                Top Spped : 72.4km/h (43mph)
                  Life Span : 10 - 13 years

                      Colour : Grey, Black, White, 
                                       Brown, Tan, 
                                       Gold, Red
                 Skin Type : Fur
Distinctive Features : Bushy tail and
                                     distinctive calls
  1. Dholes are wild dogs, native to the Asian Jungles.
  2. They are also known as Asiatic Wild Dogs, Indian Wild Dogs and the Red Dogs.
  3. They inhabit varied habitats from the thick, deciduous woodlands to jungles and tropical rain forests.
  4. They are quite similar in appearance to the African Wild dog and the bush dog.
  5. Though initially they were found in a wide range, their range has significantly reduced now.
  6. There are 3 species of Dhole which only vary in their fur color and geographical location.
  7. Their population has been severely affected by disease introduced by domesticated animals.
  8. They are very sociable and lead their lives as a part of a pack.
  9. They are known to communicate with their pack through a variety of calls.
  10. Interestingly, their whistles are so distinctive that the individuals can be recognized by their unique call.
  11. They are quite dominant as predator in their natural environment.
  12. They hunt large animals in packs and feed on them collectively.
  13. They substitute large animals with small animals like lizards, frogs and rodents to get their nutrition.
  14. They have very few natural predators in tigers and leopards.
  15. The female Dhole gives birth to 5-12 pups after a 2-month gestation.
  16. The pups grow rapidly and are looked after by their parents and other Dholes in the pack.
  17. Habitat loss and human hunting have made Dholes an endangered species.

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