Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Creature Feature #158: Dhole
The highly social Dhole makes his home in India and Southeast Asia. He lives in large clans of up to 40 individuals, but more regularly numbering 5-12. These split into smaller packs for hunting. Dholes are pursuit hunters, relying not on speed but on endurance; they will run their selected prey animal - usually a deer or other ungulate - into exhaustion, then drag it down and disembowl it. Female Dholes den together, raising their pups communually. Some adults will remain at the den while the others head off and hunt. At six months of age, the pups join their parents on the hunt.