Bush Dog

Bush Dog

Bush Dog
Speothos venaticus


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Carnivora
FAMILY
Canidae

Range

Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, and Brazil


Habitat

Neotropical forests and wet savannahs, usually near water


Diet

Small vertebrates, sometimes fruit

Weight

11 – 17 lbs.

Height

10 – 12 in

Gestation

67 days

Young

1 - 6 offspring

IUCN Status

Near Threatened

Facts

  • Bush dogs have partially webbed feet, which aids in swimming.
  • Bush dogs are social and live in small family packs.
  • They use vocalizations and scent marking to communicate.
  • Their 40 teeth are set in a powerful jaw that is ideal for capturing and consuming prey items.

 

Conservation

Bush Dogs seem to be naturally rare throughout their range. They are threatened by human encroachment, habitat loss, reduction in prey abundance (due to illegal hunting and domestic dogs), and lethal diseases contracted from domestic dogs.

Near Threatened

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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