Painted dogs live in tight knit family units. Only the alpha male and female breed but the whole pack takes responsibility for looking after the pups.
The Painted Dog is also known as the African Wild Dog and Cape Dog. At the turn of the century there were tens of thousands roaming 39 African countries. Today, there are estimated to be fewer than 5,500 in the wild.
Little understood, persecuted by landowners and regularly killed by snares set by poachers, the dogs now survive in isolated pockets across Africa and are one of the continents most endangered carnivores.