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for painted wolf conservation since 2008
Compare historical painted wolf ranges to those of the present. Drag the arrows to compare historical painted wolf ranges to those of the present.
Estimated number of painted wolves left in the world
Success rate for painted wolf hunts
Average number of pups born to a pack each year
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
There has been controversy about the use of the name African wild dog because it is thought by some to have negative connotations. These amazing carnivores have long been vilified as vermin and conservationists would prefer a more positive term. Following the popular BBC series “Dynasties” in 2018, the name painted wolf has gained traction.
In English they have been known as African wild dog (most common usage), Cape hunting dog, painted hunting dog (favoured by Greg Rasmussen), painted dog, painted wolf and tri-coloured dog.
This map illustrates the names given to painted wolves in some of the many languages of Africa.