African Wild Dog / Lycaon pictus / Wildehond / Mbwa mwitu, endangered. Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, Washington, USA.
The endangered African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus, derived from the Greek for "painted wolf") is a carnivorous mammal of the Canidae family, found only in Africa, especially in scrub savanna and other lightly wooded areas. It is also called the African Hunting Dog, the Cape Hunting Dog, the Spotted Dog, or the Painted Wolf in English, Wildehond in Afrikaans, and Mbwa mwitu in Swahili. It is the only species in the genus Lycaon. The African Wild Dog has a pelage (coat, or hair) with an irregular pattern of black, yellow, and white, distinctive for each individual. It is the only canid species to lack dewclaws on the forelimbs. Photographed in the Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, Washington, USA.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download