Thanks to the Los Angeles Times LA Unleashed Blog for this article.
African wild dogs debut at L.A. Zoo
The L.A. Zoo last week introduced two endangered African wild dogs, the zoo’s first in more than 40 years.
The pair of black, yellow, and white canines are brother and sister, and just over a year old. They most recently lived at New York’s Bronx Zoo.
In their native sub-Saharan Africa, the dogs are predators that roam up to 30 miles a day hunting for food.
But they have declined in population recently because of human incursions into their habitat and from diseases such as rabies and canine distemper. Only about 5,000 exist worldwide; about 150 live in captivity in the United States.