|Town/Region||Savé Valley Conservancy, Gonarezhou National Park|
|Categories||Carnivores, Hunting, Mammals|
|Date||22 Feb 2010|
The African wild dog, Lycaon pictus, is the second most endangered large carnivore in Africa, with only an estimated 5,750 individuals left in the wild. Throughout their range, wild dog survival is threatened by habitat loss and/or fragmentation, wire snaring, disease, prey depletion (through illegal and unsustainable bushmeat hunting as well as habitat loss), human persecution and competition with lions. Such threats have increased considerably in south-east Zimbabwe since the onset of the Land Reform Program in 2000, which has caused the extirpation of wild dogs from many areas, with consequent loss of genetic diversity. We have documented land use trends and changes in the wild dog populations throughout the region since 2000, and, using the Savé Valley Conservancy (SVC) as our focal study area, we have investigated the major threats to existing wild dog populations (the latter funded by an RSG in 2009). The three main threats are habitat loss, snaring and disease.
The proposed project is therefore multi-disciplinary in nature. We will work at both the local and regional level to mitigate these established threats, through a combination of hands-on conservation (i.e. desnaring, giving rabies vaccines), education and outreach, and policy intervention, as well as continuing to monitor known wild dog packs in the region. Specific goals are outlined below:
Overall Goal: To mitigate the major threats to wild dogs in the Zimbabwean part of the GLTFCA, whilst promoting the effectiveness of the transfrontier park for the conservation of the species.
Read about Rosemary's previous work with Wild Dogs http://www.ruffordsmallgrants.org/rsg/projects/rosemary_groom or for more information contact: