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We Need Your Help

African wild dogs face the threat of extinction because of human persecution and habitat loss. With your support, the AWD Conservancy is working with communities in one of the most bioculturally rich regions on earth to find ways for wild dogs and people to co-exist.

Biodiversity Hotspots
Study area
Making a Difference
Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund logo
Our thanks to the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and private donors for supporting the AWD Conservancy's education and training efforts, and biological survey work.
Teacher's Workshop in Masalani
Kim explains the web chain
Kim explains the web chain
Kim explains the food chain
You Tube
As part of the ongoing AWD Conservancy initiative in the region, Dr. Bob Robbins and Dr. Kim McCreery led a workshop on wild dog natural history and the vital role carnivores play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. Primary schoolteachers and headmasters from 10 districts attended. Interactive teaching techniques were used to engage participants and demonstrate how such tools can be useful in the classroom. A wild dog documentary also was shown, followed by a question and answer period. This was the first time a workshop of this kind has ever held in the region.
Schoolmasters and teachers play the web of life game
Schoolmasters and teachers play the web of life game
The web of life game was taught at the workshop as a technique to enable teachers to teach students about how microorganisms, plants, and animals, including people, are interconnected. This simple game, designed to be instructive and fun, demonstrates how, as natural links are broken, entire ecosystems can collapse. Packets of teaching materials were distributed to all participants.

The workshop was well received. Participants gave the practical biology lessons very high marks and said the lessons could be easily applied in the classroom. Such much-needed low-tech teaching methods hold promise in primary schools in rural and remote communities, and, we think, in big cities as well.

Training of Educational Program Manager
Bob updates Hussein's computer skills
Bob updates Hussein's computer skills
With more computer skills, Hussein is now playing a greater role in this community project and was recently hired full time as the education program manager. In his travels, he will be showing a CD documentary about wild dog family life to school children and villagers. The documentary dispels myths about this endangered species and informs viewers about its natural history. Hussein also will be visiting the classrooms of schoolteachers that attended the workshop to find out how lessons learned there are being applied.
The Biological Survey Continues
Kenya coast
Kenya coast

The survey work continues and includes the biodiversity hotspot convergence zone in the North Eastern and Coast provinces. We are now visiting communal lands along the west side of the Tana River and in the coastal area to identify where wild dogs still survive, and what and where conflict exists between people and carnivores. Travel to these areas can be difficult and time-consuming, with weather conditions and logistical challenges setting the pace.

North Eastern and Coast provinces
Location of survey region (outlined in red)
Our ultimate goal is to cover 100,000 sq km extending from the Meru National Park complex to the Indian Ocean, and from the Somalia border to Tsavo East and Tsavo West national parks. This large-scale survey will provide the first systematic scientific information on the status, distribution, and abundance of wild dogs in this historically neglected region, identify potential linkages for "hotspot" dogs with known populations in parks and reserves, and assess the scope and scale of human/carnivore conflict. This information is essential for regional wild dog conservation planning as part of a local, national, and international effort to protect this endangered species.
Survey region (outlined in red) in relation to national parks and reserves
We need your help to keep our work moving forward. Your donation of any amount is important. If you can't afford to make a contribution, please help by spreading the word about our work through Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and email:
Drought and Famine in the Horn of Africa
The Horn of Africa is confronted with the worst drought in many years with no relief in sight. Somalia has been the hardest hit. An estimated 1,500 refugees cross daily into Kenya to enter the Dadaab Refugee Camp. Aside from Somalia, the camp also hosts refugees from Ethiopia, the DRC, and Sudan. Some of those that arrive have walked a number of weeks with little food or water.
Somalia has been without an effective central government since President Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991. The country is racked by conflict from terrorists and homegrown warlords. The number of refugees leaving Somalia for Kenya presents a humanitarian challenge of global proportions.

If you would like to help, the following is a list of some the charitable organizations to contact:

Map showing Dadaab
Dadaab is in Kenya's North Eastern Province
Camp settlement at Dadaab
Clothes collected
Camp settlement at Dadaab
Clothes collected to donate to new arrivals
The Effect of Drought on Wildlife
The drought in the Horn of Africa is having a detrimental effect on wildlife in Kenya. Because pastoralism is the predominant way of life in the North Eastern Province, the drought has resulted in a large-scale displacement of people to areas in which water can be found for households and livestock. The Tana River is the only perennial water source in the region. The number of livestock now using this river and surrounding countryside is truly staggering and poses a threat to wildlife because of competition for dwindling resources.
Tana River
Pastoralist with cattle
Tana River
Three pups

Please consider supporting the African Wild Dog Conservancy in its efforts to save one of the world’s most endangered carnivores. Whether a gift in the name of someone you care about or for yourself, your support really can make a difference. Thank you.
Courtesy of the Chicago Zoological Society
Help Save African Wild Dogs without Spending a Penny!
How many times a day do you search on the Internet? Well, if you use the GoodSearch search engine, you can help the African Wild Dog Conservancy protect this endangered species. Just go to and type "African Wild Dog Conservancy" in the "enter your favorite charity or school here" field at the top of the page. After that, you can use the search box or just download the GoodSearch toolbar here. For every Internet search you make, one penny will go to the Conservancy. Please help us spread the word. Too few people know about the plight of this remarkable canid. Your cyber-pennies really can make a difference!
About the AWD Conservancy

Started in 2001, the African Wild Dog Conservancy is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to working with local communities, and national and international stakeholders, to conserve wild dogs through scientific research and education.

For further information, email us at:
or write to us at the following address: African Wild Dog Conservancy
208 N. California Ave.
Silver City, NM 88061 USA