Dhole -The Asiatic Wild Dog was spotted for the first time in the Jaldapara National Park (West Bengal). Three months earlier, they were spotted in the nearby areas such as Buxa and Mahananda and Neora valley.
Usually they are found throughout in south of River Ganges, southern part of Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats, Central India Highlands, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya.
Dhole is listed under endangered category in the IUCN Red list. In a group, Dhole can be dangerous for the tigers too.
The IUCN data informs that about 2500 mature wild dogs remain in wild and the trend of declining population will continue. Major factors behind their falling numbers are loss of habitat, diseases, decreasing preys and increase in competition.
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Where: Jaldapara National Park
When: 31 March 2014