Native to Sub-Saharan Africa, the African wild dog is the only living member of the genus Lycoan. Although they look somewhat similar to both jackals and hyenas, their closest relatives are coyotes, wolves, and domesticated dogs.
Sadly, while African wild dogs once ranged between the desert and mountainous areas of much of sub-Saharan Africa, they have been eliminated from many of those regions and now mainly reside in Southern and Eastern Africa. Their current population has been estimated at around 6,500 individuals, and is currently dropping due to habitat loss and hunting. They are legally protected in many of the regions in which they’re found, but unfortunately their numbers have not yet been able to rebound.