Ecology and Conservation of Dholes

Ecology and Conservation of Dholes

Project Animal(s) : Asiatic wild dog(dhole)
Project Category : Mammals
Project Region : Asia
Project Type : Research
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The dhole, also called Asiatic wild dog, is a reddish-coloured large canid that historically occurred throughout most of Asia. During the last 50 years, dramatic declines have occurred throughout their distribution, and they are now extirpated in at least 10 central Asian countries. Their last strongholds are small isolated populations in India and Southeast Asia, but numbers are still declining in many of these areas. Because fewer than 2,500 mature individuals are estimated to be left in the wild, and declining population trends are expected to continue, the dhole is classified as Endangered by the I.U.C.N.

Project Agency : Wildlife Conservation Research Unit(WildCRU)

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Project Publications
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Choki, T., J. Thsering, T. Norbu, U. Stenkewitz, and J. F. Kamler. 2011. Predation by leopards of black-necked cranes Grus nigricollis in Bhutan. Forktail 27:117-119.

Kamler, J. F., A. Johnson, C. Vongkhamheng, and A. Bousa. 2012. The diet, prey selection, and activity of dholes (Cuon alpinus) in northern Laos. Journal of Mammalogy 93:In press.

Stenkewitz, U., and J. Kamler. 2009. Wildlife signs: Instruction manual. WWF Bhutan Program, Thimphu, Bhutan.
Thinley, P, J. F. Kamler, S. W. Wang, K. Lham, U. Stenkewiz, and D. W. Macdonald. 2011. Seasonal diet of dholes (Cuon alpinus) in northwestern Bhutan. Mammalian Biology 76:518-520.