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ResourcesDhole Working Group

Coordinator: Nucharin

The overall goal of the Dhole Working Group is to gather information about dhole ecology, biology and conservation status that will lead to formulation of research priorities. The working group also aims to promote conservation of this species through facilitating research collaboration and dissemination of research findings to the scientific community and public.


What are the main Objectives of the Dhole working group?

  • Compile (and summarize, if applicable) a list of current and planned projects conducted on this species (ex situ and in situ)
  • Facilitate dissemination of knowledge about dhole ecology and biology as well as research collaborations
  • Plan and facilitate Population and Habitat Viability workshop to assess the conservation status and formulate research priorities.



What are the key research and conservation priorities?

Outside naturally occuring populations  (Ex situ):

  • Genetics of dholes in captivity
  • Update the number of different subspecies in captivitity
  • Update the number of dholes in captivity, and the number of different captive populations


Within naturally occuring populations (In situ):

1.   Update the current distribution and estimated population size of dholes: Recently, several members of the working group participated in the reassessment of the species’ IUCN Red List status, to be posted in the next round.

2.   Determine important aspects of dhole ecology:

  • Population size
  • Home range sizes in relation to dhole density, habitat, and prey density
  • Pack size in relation to dhole density and prey size
  • Dispersal abilities (e.g., distance and frequency)
  • Mortality factors and survival
  • Disease prevalence, especially in relation to sympatric domestic dogs

3.   Determine the ecological relationships between dholes and tigers (and other large carnivores)

4.   Re-assess the subspecific status of dhole populations with genetic and morphometric analyses.