African Golden Wolf

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African Golden Wolf

African Golden WolfOriginal.jpg

Character Data
Japanese Name: アフリカンゴールデンウルフ
Romanised Name: Afurikangōruden'urufu
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Canis anthus
Distribution: North and East Africa
Diet: Omnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 14-16 years
Read More: African golden wolf
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
African Golden Wolf Nexon Game

African Golden Wolf is a Canid Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

African Golden Wolf has long, messy sand-brown hair that reaches at least below the shoulder blades. On her bangs she has a range of patterns, such as white on the sides, and golden strands in the center ending in a brown accent. The middle of her bangs cut to about eyes-length. As part of her clothing, she wears a sweater vest which is as the same color as her hair. Inside her sweater, she wears a white button-up shirt, a white fur skirt, and around her neck a white fur collar accompanied by a pink bow tie. She has long gloves and leggings that are light orange on the front and white on the back, almost similar to the animal's fur she is based on. On her feet, she wears scrunched white socks and golden sneakers. She bares the tail and ears of an African Golden Wolf.

In Real Life

Canis anthus bea in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

With a range from north to east Africa, African Golden Wolves are a distinct species of canid similar in aspect to a Golden Jackal. During several years, those wolves have been described as relatives to Golden Jackals due to them being about the same size and having a similar appearance, but recent genetic data shows that they have been evolving independently, being more closely related to canids like the Gray Wolf and the Coyote. African Golden Wolves are similar in body build, head shape, teeth and fur color to Golden Jackals, being around 40 cm in height and weighing 7 to 15 kg. Their fur color is yellowish to silver gray, with reddish legs and black spots on their tail and shoulders.

They live in the dry savannas of Africa, as well as in pine wood and oak forests, rocky areas and desert margins. They are omnivorous, as they feed on small mammals such as hares, rodents, lizards and birds, and in a variety of fruits. African Golden Wolves usually create a home den, where a breeding pair and consequent offspring live and are very protective of their territory. The number of this newly identified species is unknown, but they are not really abundant due to habitat loss and lack of prey in their range.

Trivia

  • The identification of the African Golden Wolf marks the first new Canid species discovered in Africa in 150 years.

References

1. "DNA proves it: African 'golden jackal' is really a golden wolf" by Eryn Brown. Los Angeles Times.

2. "African golden wolf".CBC News Technology & Science

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