Threatened strategists in african savanna
With marbled black, tan, and white fur and huge, round ears, African wild dogs cast a striking appearance on the African landscape. The species’ Latin scientific name, Lycaon pictus, means “painted dog”. Their coloring acts as camouflage to help these canine carnivores sneak up on prey and hide from predators, such as lions and hyenas. Each dog has a uniquely patterned coat. They can recognize individual pack mates from a football field’s length away. It is estimated, that only 600 – 1000 packs are remaining to survive.
Endangered and Disappearing
African wild dogs once roamed across nearly all of Africa. Today the species hovers on the edge of extinction. Less than 3,500 adult wild dogs are left in the wild. Where the animals do still exist, their populations are fragmented in tiny patches in only 12% of their once vast former range. Humans have been destroying their habitat, accidentally spreading deadly diseases, and deliberately killing them off. SAVE works to protect African wild dogs with a collaborative conservation project based in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) and surrounding areas.
Threatened by farmer–predator conflict
Just as the lion, the cheetah and the leopard the african wild dog ist suffering massivly due to the farmer-predator comflict. Many farmers don´t want carnivores at their farms so they poison or shoot these endangered animals.
Threatened by habitat fragmantation and loss
The loss of habitat is one of the most dangerous threats the wild dogs are confronted with. One Pack wild dogs need about 1500 – 2000 km² to live properly. Those areas whitch in wild dogs are living are inrerupted by fences, roads and farms. This fragmentation contens also the problem of genetc diversity, whitch is blocked by those borders.
How SAVE is helping
- Studying the animals in the field to track population trends, measure the level of human persecution, identify and address additional threats, and gather other important data
- Developing a cooperative outreach strategy with local livestock ranchers and other land users to reduce the killing of wild dogs;
- Working with local schools to educate students about wild dogs and other native wildlife
- Supporting children’s centers to provide out-of-school education programs to promote wildlife conservation among future generations
- Building the capacity of students and community members to become African lion conservation leaders
- Partnering with Botswana’s government to strengthen lion protection policies
- Helping relocate wild dog packs from unprotected lands to the CKGR when human conflicts cannot be resolved, as a last resort
Why does SAVE need your donation?
- Tecnical equipment like GPS collars, GPS devices, spyglasses, computer and software
- Communication tools like satalite telefones, radio equipment and internet connection
- Means of transportaion like cross country vehicles, gasoline, upkeep and repairs
- Employees and wage payments, quarters, fares, traveling costs for scientists, assistents and path finder at sight
- Recon flights to to find the rare packs
- Vaterinary madical care like madications, savetyboxes, animal traps and tranquilizer guns
- College tuitions for african students
- Laboratory researces
- Information devices like flyers and brochures
How can I help SAVE?
Simply visit the HELP area on this website. You will find many suggestions how to support our aims and projects with actions and donations.