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Zambezi key to African wild dog’s future

Zambezi key to African wild dog’s future

Zambezi key to African wild dog’s future

At a meeting organised by the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area secretariat in May, it was documented that the Kaza TFCA holds at least 25% of Africa’s remaining wild dog population.

This region of the Zambezi, encompassing 440,000 kms2 and including some of Africa’s major protected areas, is now an even more important conservation area as it could hold the key to ensuring that one of our most endangered large carnivores does not go extinct.

The meeting was held at the request of Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism and was supported by WWF-Namibia. Kaza secretariat officials and government wildlife representatives were joined by world experts in wild dog conservation, including Dr Rosie Woodroffe from the IUCN Canid Specialist Group and Dr Tico McNutt from Botswana, one of the pioneers of wild dog research and conservation work.

Researchers and conservationists working to save wild dog in the region shared experiences on how to engage across sectors and boundaries effectively to save a wide ranging species. I was there representing the Range Wide Programme for cheetah and African wild dog conservation,

The meeting was successful and identified a number of key issues that threaten the survival of wild dogs in the Kaza TFCA, including loss of wild prey through illegal hunting, disease and road kills.

The countries represented agreed to share information and experiences to save the wild dog, and already Namibia has placed ‘SLOW DOWN: WILD DOG CROSSING’ signs on the road through the Caprivi Strip to try and increase awareness of motorists about the presence of wild dogs in the area.

Billboards advertising that the region holds the single largest contiguous population of the African wild dog were discussed and we hope it will not be too long before we see some posted in key locations throughout the TFCA.
The Kaza secretariat representatives agreed to raise the issue of wild dog conservation at the highest ministerial level and request resources to develop a full strategy for the conservation of the species within the TFCA. We hope that this will be approved as the wild dog needs all the help it can get.

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 11, Dec 2012)

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The Hwange painted dog project
Protecting wild dog in Luangwa
Conserving the African wild dog
Wild dog – the picture in Zambia
The African Wild Dog
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