Species in News: Asiatic Wild Dogs-Dhole


  • According to a recent report, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh rank high in the conservation of the endangered dhole in India. 

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About Dhole

  • wild carnivorous animal belonging to the canine family, found in Central, South, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.
  • known as Asian wild dogs.
  • play an important role as apex predators in forest ecosystems.
  • IUCN-endangered
  • Wildlife Protection Act 1972-Schedule-2
  • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)– Appendix 2 
  • India’s 1st conservation breeding centre-Indira Gandhi Zoological Park.
  • Besides the tiger, it is the only large carnivore in India
  • Highly found in the Western Ghats and central Indian forests.

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