Kangal Shepherd
Kangal Shepherd
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ABout Kangal Shepherd

KANGAL DOGS ARE USED TO PROTECT LIVESTOCK FROM PREDATORS.

While Kangal dogs originate from Turkey, they are now used in Namibia by the Cheetah Conservation Fund to reduce human-wildlife conflict. By guarding sheep and goats, Kangal dogs prevent predators like cheetahs from preying on the livestock, meaning that farmers don’t have a reason to hurt those predators. Meet the Indianapolis Zoo’s Kangal dog ambassador at our Kangal Chat, and learn more about cheetah conservation at the Cheetah Chat.

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FACTS & STATISTICS
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Average Size
28-32 inches tall, weigh 100-150 pounds
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Native Region
Turkey
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Eating Habits
Dog food
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Conservation status
Domestic Dog Breed
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Look no further. Connect with our amazing animals and learn about the wild places they come from.

WHERE ARE THEY AT THE ZOO
The Kangal Shepherd is located in the Plains Exhibit.
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Additional Experiences
Kangal Dog Chat
Many people have never seen or even heard of a Kangal shepherd, but these amazing dogs are playing a key role in animal conservation.

Kangal dogs are being used in Africa to guard domestic livestock from cheetah predation, which makes killing the cheetahs unnecessary. You’ll get to meet our dog Ayla, who demonstrate the abilities of these interesting canine.

All-Star Dog Challenge
Get ready for the high-flying fun of the All-Star Dog Challenge!

Love dogs? Join us and be amazed by these unbelievably agile dogs of all breeds and sizes performing aerial tricks and other fascinating behaviors. Presentations are held in the Arena presented by DairyPure and TruMoo and includes a fun, educational message to teach the importance of animal adoption. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Current Presentation Time: 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm

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Meet our Kangal Dog
Meet our Kangal Dog

Dogs, everyone knows they’re man’s best friend. But did you know they can also be cheetahs’ best friend? Meet Ayla, our kangal...