Sadly, while African wild dogs once ranged between the desert and mountainous areas of much of sub-Saharan Africa, they have been eliminated from many of those regions and now mainly reside in Southern and Eastern Africa. Their current population has been estimated at around 6,500 individuals, and is currently dropping due to habitat loss and hunting. They are legally protected in many of the regions in which they’re found, but unfortunately their numbers have not yet been able to rebound.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 9 L x 3.7 W x 7 H
African wild dogs have been an endangered species since 1990 due to their steadily declining numbers. The most recent estimates put their population at 6,600 adults. Habitat fragmentation is still the main cause of their decreasing numbers. Conservation efforts aimed at protecting this species include educating humans who encounter African wild dogs, improving land use and setting up conservation areas.