The African wild dog is known to be a highly social animal, they live in packs with different hiërarchies. This is the reason ancient African cultures would frequently picture them in artistic depictions, where they would represent order over chaos.
African wild dogs are regularly blamed for killing farmers livestock, which results in farmers killing them. Most of the time it’s actually not the African wild dog who is guilty, but hyenas or leopards who are the perpetrators.
Other challenges for the African wild dog are epidemic diseased and habitat fragmentations caused by expansion of human communities. Solutions can be found in engaging local communities to mitigate the human-wildlife conflict.
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