Two new female painted dogs have joined our male on exhibit in Africa. Also called African Wild Dogs, these endangered animals are recommended to breed so we could have pups in the very near future.
The new females came to Kansas City Zoo from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Shahia is seven years old and Daisy Duke is six years old. Shahia is larger in stature and darker in color than Daisy. The two have lived together since Daisy was born. They join Bomani, our six-year-old male, on exhibit near baboons in Africa.
Painted dogs are highly social animals, typically living in packs from 2 to 27 individuals. There is only one alpha male and one alpha female in each pack and those are the two who breed while the other dogs living in the pack care for the puppies. Painted dogs are pregnant for about 70 days and will have between 2 and 22 puppies in each litter. Each painted dog has a unique coat pattern. Team work is important to painted dogs. They hunt in groups and can bring down animals weighing more than 500 pounds.
Head out to the Zoo and see these girls before the dogs days of summer are upon us!