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The influence of pack social structure on oral rabies vaccination coverage in captive African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus)



The influence of pack social structure on oral rabies vaccination coverage in captive African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus)



Applied Animal Behaviour Science 80(1): 61-70



This paper examines the application of oral immunisation against rabies in African wild dog (Lycaon pictus), a highly social species that is currently endangered. The influence of pack social structure on consumption of baits was studied in an artificially created captive pack of seven adult wild dogs, which were all habituated to feeding. Observations on spatial relationships and aggressive behaviour revealed a distinct split within the pack into two subgroups: dominants and subordinates.

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DOI: 10.1016/s0168-1591(02)00136-3


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