Free-roaming African Wild Dogs
The African wild dog, scientifically known as Lycaon pictus, is an endangered species found in sub-Saharan Africa. With a striking coat of red, black, brown, white, and yellow patches, these long-legged canines are adapted to open plains and sparse woodlands. Living in close-knit packs, they exhibit a highly social structure and are skilled hunters, primarily preying on antelopes and wildebeests. However, their survival is threatened by human activities, including hunting, habitat destruction, and diseases like rabies and canine distemper. Conservation efforts, such as creating protected wildlife corridors and promoting coexistence with farmers, are vital to safeguard the future of these magnificent creatures.
The TOOG Area Pack (photographs with courtesy from Pieter Esterhuizen)
The WWDI spreads awareness, gains accurate information, educates, mitigates conflict, and works with community members to protect and conserve the endangered, free-roaming African Wild Dog population living in the Waterberg, Limpopo, South Africa.
Recently, a pack of wild dogs used Swebeswebe as hideout. This allowed us to assist in fitting them with new tracking collars designed for monitoring.
The team successfully darted an adult female and later a young male, actively contributing to the essential conservation efforts for these endangered and distinctive wild dogs.