Asiatic Wild Dog (Dhole)

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Villagers in Shivamogga district, Karnataka, were recently treated to a rare sighting of an Asiatic Wild Dog group, also known as Dholes.

About Asiatic Wild Dog (Dhole):

  • It is a wild canid found in the forests of central, south, and southeast Asia. 
  • Scientific Name: Cuon alpinus
  • Other Names: Indian wild dog, whistling dog, red wolf, red dog and mountain wolf.
  • Distribution:
    • They are found throughout Eastern and Southeastern Asia. 
    • They can be seen as far north as Siberia, as far south as some Malaysian islands, and as far west as the Indian peninsula. 
    • They are found in three clusters across India, namely the Western and Eastern Ghats, the central Indian landscape and North East India. The Western and Eastern Ghats is a stronghold region for dholes.
  • Habitat:  Dholes are animals that inhabit dense jungles, steppes, mountains, scrub forests, and pine forests. 
  • Features:
    • Its length ranges between 76 and 100 cm (30 and 40 inches), exclusive of the 28–48-centimetre (11–19-inch) tail, and its weight is from 14 to 21 kg.
    • They vary in color from charcoal gray to rust red to sandy beige, depending on their habitat.
    • Their tail is brushy and fox-like, often with a black tip. 
    • They do have lighter coloration along their chest, belly, and paws.
    • Dholes are highly social animals, and they frequently hunt in packs of 5 to 12. These clans may grow to as many as 30 or 40 members. 
  • Conservation status:
    • IUCN Red List: Endangered
    • The Wildlife Protection Act 1972: Schedule II
    • CITES: Appendix II


Q1) What are canids?

Canids are a family of mammals belonging to the order Carnivora. They are commonly known as the dog family and encompass a wide range of species, including domestic dogs, wolves, foxes, jackals, and several other wild canines. 

Source: Astonishing encounter: Villagers stunned by rare sighting of Asiatic Wild Dog (Dhole) pack in Theerthahalli