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It is variously called the African wild dog,African hunting dog,Cape hunting dog,painted dog,painted wolf,painted hunting dog,spotted dog,or ornate wolf.
The African wild dog has a bite force(BFQ, the strength of bite relative to the animal's mass)measured at 142,the highest of any extant mammal of the order Carnivora,although exceeded by the Tasmanian devil,a marsupial carnivore.
There were once approximately 500,000 African wild dogs in 39 countries,and packs of 100 or more were not uncommon.Now there are only about 3,000-5,500 in fewer than 25 countries.
The Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) effort,based in Hwange National Park,western Zimbabwe,works with local communities to create new strategies for conserving the wild dog and its habitat.

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