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Asian Wild Dogs Exhibit To Open At Minnesota Zoo

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(credit: Minnesota Zoo)

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APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Zoo opens a new exhibit Friday featuring endangered Asian wild dogs.

The dogs — known as dholes — are social pack animals that live in Thailand, Russia, China and India. The primitive canine species eats mostly small to medium-sized deer and wild boar, often hunting in thick brush and forests.

The zoo says there are fewer than 2,500 dholes in the wild. Because of rapid human population growth in Asia, the wild dogs face habitat loss, lack of prey, and disease from domestic and feral dogs.

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