DholeThe dhole (Cuon alpinus) is an endangered wild dog, originating from South Asia, also called the Indian Wild Dog, the Red Dog, the Asiatic Dog, or the Whistling Hunter. Its scientific name means "mountain dog". It is estimated that about 2,500 dholes remain worldwide, mostly in national parks and sanctuaries. It is mostly threatened by habitat destruction and hunting. The hunting also includes the prosecution and poisoning of the dholes by farmers when their livestock is attacked. A pack of dholes is capable of bringing down prey 10 times its size including all kinds of deer, buffalos, boars, etc. and they are excellent swimmers.

The Asiatic wild dog, dhole, indian wild dog, red dog is listed as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Some facts about the

Adult weight : 15.75 kg (34.65 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 16 years

Female maturity :365 days

Male maturity : 365 days

Gestation : 61 days

Weaning : 58 days

Litter size : 5

Litters per year : 1

Interval between litters : 365 days

Weight at birth : 0.275 kg (0.605 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 2.35 kg (5.17 lbs)

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