Dhole: Asiatic Wild Dog


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    • A recent study has identified priority areas where habitats can be consolidated to enhance population connectivity for the dhole or Asiatic Wild Dog (Cuon alpinus).

    Dhole or Asiatic Wild Dog

    • About:
      • The dhole is found in a wide variety of habitat types, including deciduous and evergreen forests and alpine steppe.
    • Prevalence in India:
      • The dhole or Asiatic Wild Dog (Cuon alpinus) is found in three clusters across India namely the Western and Eastern Ghats, central Indian landscape and North East India.
      • The Western and Eastern Ghats is a stronghold region for dholes. 
    • Range:
      • Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand, VietNam
    • Threats:
      • Loss of forest cover, depletion of prey base, persecution and possibly disease transfer from domestic and feral dogs.
      • The main preys for the dhole are ungulates, which have also suffered high depletion of their population across the dhole’s range.
    • Conservation status:
      • IUCN status: Endangered
      • CITES: Appendix II
      • It is protected under Schedule II of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 in India.

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