08 Apr 2020

Wilderness Wildlife Trust Supports Translocated Wild Dogs in Mana Pools


Wilderness Safaris’ non-profit partner, Wilderness Wildlife Trust, has allocated vital funding required to feed the recently translocated wild dogs in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park for an additional five months. Due to be released this month, it was observed that the alpha female is now pregnant, so they will remain in their boma at Wilderness Safaris Chikwenya Camp for this extra time. The wild dogs were moved from Hwange National Park in September 2019 to help mitigate the threat of human-wildlife conflict, as well as expand the range of this extraordinary Endangered species.

“Together with Capmount Lodges and Painted Dog Conservation (PDC), we translocated the dogs late last year, with the aim of releasing them into the park this month, once they were acclimatised to the area. However, as the alpha female is now pregnant, the pack needs to stay in the boma for an additional five months or so. Being able to support PDC with the extra USD15 000 required to feed and keep the pack in the boma is a crucial investment from the Trust. With fewer than 7 000 wild dogs left in Africa, it is imperative that we continue to take proactive measures to help secure the future of the species. Ecotourism has been an important contributor to local economies and we want to help keep it that way, even during these unprecedented times”, comments Dr Neil Midlane, Wilderness Safaris Group Sustainability Manager.

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