Diets for African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus): Nutritional Management Guidelines


Priby l, L. and S. Crissey (1999) Diets for African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) – management guidelines. In: African Wild Dog SSP – Husbandry Manual. American Association of Zoos and Aquariums


Meeting the nutritional needs of African wild dogs is essential if they are to survive and reproduce in captivity. It is appropriate that animals in captivity are offered the diet that best matches their nutrient requirements. African wild dogs are one of the least typical canids in that they are reported to be exclusively carnivorous (Creel, 1995). They are nomadic animals that rely on communal hunting techniques to secure enough food for all members of the pack (Fanshawe, 1993). Feeding ecology information, along with published nutrient requirement data (which includes domestic dog and cat requirements), foods available to zoos, food preferences and palatability information have been utilized in developing appropriate dietary guidelines.

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