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In search of the African Wild Dog

In search of the African Wild Dog

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Perhaps the most successful hunter in Africa, the African wild dog, Lycaon pictus, ironically finds itself on the brink of extinction.
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Perhaps the most successful hunter in Africa, the African wild dog, Lycaon pictus, ironically finds itself on the brink of extinction. Part of the Canidae family, and sharing a general similarity with the various canids worldwide, the African wild dog differs fundamentally from other canids: it belongs to the genus, Lycaon, which formed a new branch on the family tree some 3 million years back and subsequently evolved independently. Today it is the only survivor of this unique line and, because of its genetic difference, is unable to interbreed with any of its canid relatives or even with the domestic dog. Previously found in diverse habitats across the continent, it has tragically disappeared from much of its former range. Today there are only an estimated 3 000 to 5 500 wild dogs left in the whole of Africa, a mere 500 of which occur in South Africa. In search of the African Wild Dog is a photographed and well-documented tribute to these rare and endangered animals, covering their history, biology, distribution, habitat, and breeding and release programmes.

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Book Condition N/A
SKU 9781919938110
Author Roger de la Harpe
Dimensions 265 mm x 265 mm
Format Hardback
Pages 160
Published Date 1 Oct 2009
Publisher Sunbird Publishers (Pty) Ltd
Language English
Genre N/A
Series N/A