large part, because of your support, the Conservancy
surveyed some 3600 people living in
villages scattered over more than 80,000 square
kilometers, and confirmed
a new population of wild dogs previously
unknown to the scientific commmunity. This area provides
critical linkages with populations in the Meru National
Park complex, Boni and Dodori National Reserves, and
Tsavo National Park, and based on anecdotal reports,
wild dogs in Somalia. Reports from villagers indicate
that wild dogs account for only about 4% of overall
livestock losses to predators, approximately half of
those losses occurring in one area.
Our conclusion: given the limited availability
of water for human settlement, relatively low density
of people, and that the dominate ethnic group living
in much of the core area does not hunt game (wild dog
prey species), this region is a potential long-term
stronghold for this endangered canid. And now there
is new information to update the East African Regional
Wild Dog Conservation Plan. This could not have been
done without your generosity.
in addition to our work in East Africa,
we are also pleased to report that plans are underway
to launch a project in southern Africa not too far from
our old Zimbabwe stomping grounds where we lived for
nine years conducting a wild dog conservation project.
We'll keep you posted to let you know how things unfold!