It is estimated that fewer than 2,500 mature individuals remain in the wild and the declining population trend is expected to continue. Main threats to the species include ongoing habitat loss, depletion of prey base, interspecific competition, persecution and possibly disease transfer from domestic and feral dogs.
Population trend: Decreasing
Habitat and Ecology: The dhole is found in a wide variety of vegetation
types, including: primary, secondary and degraded forms of tropical dry and
moist deciduous forest; evergreen and semi-evergreen forests; dry thorn forests;
grassland–scrub–forest mosaics; and alpine steppe (above 3,000 m). They are not
recorded from desert regions.
English: Dhole, Red dog, Asiatic wild dog.Assamese: Kuang-kukur, rang-kukur.Bengali:Ban Kutta, Ban-kukur. Bhutanese: Phara,Burmese: Tan-kwe.Canarese: Ken-nai, chen-nai. Chenchu: Reis-kukul. Chinese: Nyar. Gujiarati: Earam-naiko. Gurkhali: Ban-kukur. Hindi: Adivi-kuta, son-kuta, sona-kuta, rasa-kuta. Hindustani: Jungli-kuta, rwn-kuta,ban-kuta. Kachin: Kyi-kwa-lam. Kashmiri: Jungli-kuta, ram-hun, ban-kuta, bhansa. Korku: Bun-secta. Lepcha: sa-tun. Malay:Sirgala Aijing-kutar. Malayalam: Hahmasai-kuta, kotsun, kolsa, kolarsi.Nepali: Bwaso. Tibetan: Phara.Tamil: Chen-nai.Telegu: Vanna-kooka. (all from Burton 1940). Thai: Maa Paa.
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