WildlifeNOW | African Wild Dog

WHO WE ARE    WHAT WE DO    TAKE ACTION    NEWS/GALLERY

African Wild DogThe African Wild Dog is a critically endangered species. There are fewer than 3,000 in all of Africa. The Mkomazi team has reintroduced over 45 dogs into the Mkomazi / Tsavo ecosystem in recent years.

African Wild Dog
 The African Wild Dog is a critically endangered species. There are fewer than 3,000 in all of Africa. For years they were treated as vermin, shot at and poisoned by farmers, hunters, pastoralists and game departments. The African Wild dog is a sociable animal. They pick up diseases which spread quickly and have wiped out entire packs in no time. It was once widely believed that the African Wild Dog was an indiscriminate killer. In recent years have people studied the dogs and understand that the African Wild Dog is a highly intelligent social animal. The African Wild dog is an efficient hunter who actually improves the quality of the game by removing the weaklings and scattering herds to prevent inbreeding. For this reason an international effort is underway to stabilize the numbers and to reintroduce the species to its traditional homeland in East Africa.       continued . . .

page 1     < previous page      next page >