About The Lycaon Pictus
With only 6,600 painted wolves left in the world, they are Africa’s second most endangered carnivore (just behind the Ethiopian wolf). Their scientific name is Lycaon pictus – which translates directly as painted wolf and reflects their mottled caramel and brown fur. The Lycaon genus is more closely related to wolves than domestic dogs, and their behaviour more closely reflects that of the wolves too. They are four digits on each foot equipped with short, powerful claws.
The painted wolves are under threat due to habitat loss. They wander very widely and depend on the availability of an adequate supply of prey. When their land is taken over by humans, and often cattle, the painted wolves start to prey on the cattle. This, in turn, leads to their persecution.