The Denver Zoo is home to some of the most beautiful members of the dog family: African wild dogs. Their mottled, leopard-like fur has earned them the nickname “painted dogs.” They hunt in packs and are highly efficient hunters—they bring down prey 70-90% of the time. They’re also very fast—they can keep up a speed of 37 miles per hour for three miles.

African wild dogs are highly social and communicate with each other with wailing hoot-like sounds. Their tightly knit packs work together to raise young. An average litter has ten pups, but big litters can have up to twenty!

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