The Wild Dog is unmistakeable among the medium-sized carnivores: it has large, rounded ears, long legs, a bushy, white-tipped tail and a blotched black, yellow and white shaggy coat. No two wild dogs are exactly alike in pattern. They live and hunt in packs which usually consist of 10 - 15 animals, and communicate with calls, body language and greeting rituals. They are now restricted to the larger National Parks only, and are greatly reduced in number: to sight a pack of wild dogs is a rare and thrilling experience.
The wild dog's behavior becomes calm and patient after it has killed its prey: the adults stand back and let the juveniles eat first. Parental care is advanced, and the young are very well cared for: the adults clean and guard the youngsters and feed them regurgitated meat. Usually 6 - 8 young are born, although litters may be as large as 16. A pack of wild dogs will drive hyaenas and leopards away from a kill.