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Uganda. Wild dogs spotted for the first time in four decades

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Colored wild dogs have been confirmed in Uganda for the first time in four decades. These are animals living in Africa belonging to a species of predatory mammal from the canid family. WWF describes them as “one of the most endangered mammals in the world”.

spotted lycaons (Lycaon pictus), also called wild dogs, and in English – African wild dog (African wild dog), are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. According to the WWF, it is “one of the most endangered mammals in the world”.

The fur of these animals is covered with irregularly shaped spots in shades of red, black, brown, white and yellow. They are distinguished by large and rounded ears. They have four toes on each foot, unlike domestic dogs, which have five toes on their front feet and four on their hind feet.

A spotted lycaonIllustrative photoShutterstock

In 2020, the IUCN reported that the species’ population was estimated to be around 6,600 adults. ‘Populations are declining due to habitat fragmentation, human-related conflicts and infectious diseases,’ it said.

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Seen in Uganda for the first time in decades

The largest number of wild dogs are found in southern and eastern Africa, especially in Tanzania and northern Mozambique. However, they have not been seen in Uganda for about 40 years. The animals, which became extinct in Uganda in the 1980s, were spotted near the Narus River in the Kidepo Valley National Park area, the Uganda Wildlife Authority said on Wednesday. It’s in the northeast of the country.

It added that one of the employees saw a pair of wild dogs before they were out of sight. Park officials will conduct further observations.

Spotted lycaonsIllustrative photoShutterstock

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