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Scientific name:
Speothos venaticus

Conservation Status:
Near Threatened

Where to see them in the zoo:
Complex Carnivores

Fun Facts:

Bush dogs typically hunt cooperatively and may be found in packs of up to 12 individuals.

These highly social animals use vocalizations to communicate with other pack members.

Bush dogs like to swim! Their webbed toes are well-adapted for a semi-aquatic lifestyle.

 Bush Dogs

Size: 
Length is 20 to 30 inches; weight is 12 to 15 pounds.
 
Range: 
South America
 
Lifestyle:
Bush dogs are diurnal (active during the day) and take shelter in logs or burrows created by other animals. Hunting as a pack helps these relatively small canines to bring down larger prey.
 
Diet:
Bush dogs are carnivores, preying primarily on large rodents.
 
Lifecycle:
Females give birth to litters of as many as six pups. Pups are sexually mature by the time they are a year old; lifespan is approximately 10 years.
 
Neighbors in the wild:
Andean bear, tapir, scarlet macaw, three-banded armadillo
 
Population status and threats:
Threats to bush dogs include habitat loss and human encroachment.