Genus in the family Canidae which includes the jackals, wolves, coyotes, domestic dogs and dingoes.
Description, biology, and conservation of the dhole, or the Asiatic wild dog, Cuon alpinus.
This little known member of the dog family is found in the jungles of south and southeast Asia. It was described as the "red dog" in Rudyard Kipling's The
Jungle Book. It lives in packs. According to Kipling, it was so feared that even
the wolf pack featured in the story had to move out of an area invaded by a dhole pack. This was purely fiction (dholes and wolves rarely live in the same areas), but dhole packs are feared by many other inhabitants of the jungle.
Lycaon pictus, common names African wild dog, painted dog, painted hunting dog, and Cape hunting dog, is the only living species in the genus Lycaon.
Historically distributed across most of Africa, but now an endangered species with only a few thousand individuals in total, found primarily in areas of southern Africa (northern Botswana, north-east Namibia, western and northern Zimbabwe, southern Tanzania and the Kruger National Park in South Africa, as well as Kafue National Park and Luanga Valley, Zambia).