African Wild Dogs: The Untamed Wolves of the South
Wolves get all the glory. They were once the world’s most ubiquitous canids and, despite being decimated by traps, weapons and our destruction of their habitat, have managed to reclaim some original territory thanks to conservation efforts. Of course, wolves also get credit for blowing down pigs’ houses, eating granny, raising the founders of Rome... and being the progenitors of domestic dogs. Yes, man’s best friend wouldn’t be here without the wolf.
Over our 18,000-year history with dogs domesticated from wolves that hung around our Pleistocene trash piles, we have developed a lasting relationship. Genetically, every domestic dog stems from a wolf.
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