Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Endangered Species: Dhole

It was "love at first sight" for me when I saw this photo. I knew I had to know what it was and learn more about it. They are called  Dhole, sometimes called Asiatic wild dog and Indian wild dog.

Dholes live in central and eastern Asia, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. They live in a variety of habitats: deciduous and evergreen forests, grassland and scrub forest, thorn forests, and alpine steppe.

The Dhole is listed as endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. Their numbers are estimated to be between 2,000 and 3,000 (WWF states fewer than 2,500). The decline is due in large part to development and deforestation and with that, the loss of their prey. Just like Grey Wolves and Coyotes, Dholes are persecuted by man. They are hunted and killed (even though it is illegal) because they are believed to be a menace to humans and livestock. They are trapped, shot, or poisoned. 

I enjoyed watching the video below from the WWF (you may need to turn your sound up to hear the narration). I thought some of the behaviours reminded me of a cat. Their vocalizations are really something.  They whistle, whine, squeak, cluck, growl, bark, and scream. Follow Mammal Sounds to hear them. Because I have a hearing loss for the higher sounds, I could not hear the recording of the high frequency squeaks! In some of the recordings they sound like birds. 

What's being done?

WWF's work focuses on protecting vital habitat which in turn will support prey species for predators such as Dhole. It works with local communities and governments to establish and manage protected areas and wildlife sanctuaries. Works to protect priority species such as elephants, rhinos, tigers and leopards. Has a positive knock-on effect on other endangered species such as Dhole. 

How can we help?
  • Make a donation to WWF or other organizations that are working to protect Dholes
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WWF Global
Manatee Mania - Dhole
Care2 Petition Site - Save the Dhole

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