Friday, May 27, 2011


The Dhole is found in Southeast Asia and it is classed as endangered by IUCN. According to the available facts and information, the population size of this species is declined to less than 2500 mature individuals. This endangered species is in the phase of extinction due to human intervention.

Scientific Name of Dhole

Cuon alpines

Features and Facts of Dhole

  • Habitat: Forest, also meadows & steppe

  • Body length: c.100 cm

  • Weight: females 12-16; males 14-18 kg

  • Status: Endangered

Conservation of Dhole

The Dhole is listed as endangered due to due to ongoing habitat loss, depletion of its prey base, competition from other predators, persecution and possibly diseases from domestic and feral dogs. It is also hunted for illegal trade and for meat and fur. The size of this species is extinct in many parts of the country. To improve the population and protecting the habitat, wildlife protection act has introduced in 1972. Besides there are various other organisations have come forward for the protection of this species.

Endangered species in India

Critically Endangered - Ganges Shark | Pygmy Hog | Himalayan Wolf | Indian Vulture

Endangered - Asiatic Black Bear | Snow Leopard | Wild Cat | Sei Whale | Banteng | Asian Arowana | Red Panda | Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Asiatic Lion | Royal Bengal Tiger | Markhor | Fin Whale | Olive Ridley Turtle | Lion Tailed Macaque | Chiru | Indus River Dolphin

Vulnerable - Takin | Brown Bear | Humpback Whale | Slow Loris | Clouded Leopard | Tiger | Gaur | Goral | Mouflon | Fishing Cat | Sloth Bear | Blackbuck | Asiatic Golden Cat | Wild Yak | Barasingha | Wild Goat | Indian Wolf | Dhole | Dugong | Indian Fox | Sperm Whale | Ganges River Dolphin | Lesser Panda | Golden Jackal | Marbled Cat

Threatened - Indian Wild Ass | Leopard | Red Fox | Kashmiri Stag

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