African Wild Dogs

Critically endangered conservation status

The African wild dog is a critically endangered species. There are fewer than 6,500 throughout Africa.

These social animals, like all other wildlife, have their niche in the complex web of predator/prey relationships that is Africa’s ecosystem. The African wild dog is an efficient hunter who improves the quality of species by removing the sick and weak and reducing inbreeding by scattering individuals.

The Mkomazi team has reintroduced close to 180 dogs into the Mkomazi/Tsavo ecosystem. The cost of the captive breeding and translocation program is high. The cost of their loss from the ecosystem would be incalculably higher.

With your help, we are taking important steps to secure the survival of this enigmatic and ecologically important species.