Just in time for the holidays and the Year of the Dog in 2018, seven critically endangered African Wild Dog puppies were born at the Honolulu Zoo on October 16, and continue to thrive as they familiarize themselves with their habitat. Four females and three males make up the litter that was born to mother, Ivy, three years old, and father, Malachite, eight years old.
Critically endangered African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus) are also known as African Painted Dogs, African Hunting Dogs, Painted Hunting Dogs or Cape Hunting Dogs. With no more than 5,000 left in the wild, there are currently 114 dogs distributed between 33 zoos as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), which includes the Honolulu Zoo
. The African Wild Dog population is severely fragmented and declining rapidly due to loss of habitat, conflict with humans and their pets, and infectious diseases from domesticated canines.
The Honolulu Zoo is proud to be a participant in the AZA Species Survival Plan and the staff is very excited to announce the recent birth of these rare African Wild Dog puppies from the successful breeding pair.
The puppies will be on exhibit starting on Friday, December 22. However, as they will need time to adjust to their habitat and holding area and require lots of nap time, the puppies may not be visible during all hours of the day.