Tuesday, August 10, 2010
ABC Wednesday: D is for Dhole
Dholes are often called Red Dogs or Red Wolves, but they actually have a genus of their own and are not that closely related to dogs and wolves, just like African Wild Dogs (also a single-species genus).
They are very social and live in family clans, usually of 5-10 animals, but they can have much more members. Dholes are native to India and the rest of Southeast Asia and prey on all kinds of animals: rats, deer, cattle, even water buffalos. Apart from a complex body language, they also communicate with a variety of sounds, including a whistle that gave them yet another name: Whistling Dog.
What else does D stand for? Find out with ABC Wednesday