When we gave our animal-loving team the tough decision of picking their favourite animal there were puzzled expressions, sleepless nights and many looks of guilt. However, the results show a wide and surprising range of species and some fascinating facts.
We thought we would share our favourites with you so you can get to know what gets the ARKive team going but also so you can get involved and let us know whether it’s tree toads that tickle your fancy or whether you are more of fluffy feline fan!
Claire Lewis – ARKive Media Researcher
Favourite species? African wild dog
Why? I’ve loved the African wild dog ever since watching a documentary about them as a child. Not only are they beautiful (each one has unique markings), they are one of the world’s most social canids, working together to bring down huge prey many times their size. I’ve even been lucky enough to see them feeding up close in the wild, an incredible encounter!
Favourite image on ARKive:
The African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is classified as Endangered (EN) on the IUCN Red List. Threats to this species include habitat fragmentation, human persecution, road accidents and disease. Maintaining continuous, large expanses of land and prevention of persecution by humans through education are key to the survival of this species.