African Wild Dog Monitoring

Become part of vital African wild dog monitoring and protect their future.

Data Drives Conservation

Help us collect crucial data to inform strategies that safeguard wild dogs.

Your Presence Matters

Observe these fascinating creatures in the Kalahari and contribute to their protection.

Discover. Protect. Inspire

Experience the Kalahari, help monitor wild dogs, and inspire others to act.

Vacation with Purpose

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Wild Dog Monitoring: Conservation Begins with Understanding

African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus), with their swirling coats and captivating social bonds, are among Africa’s most iconic – and tragically, most endangered – predators. We call them ‘painted wolves’ out of admiration for their unique markings, but African wild dogs are neither wolves nor painted by anyone but nature. Once an estimated half a million African wild dogs roamed the continent, now a mere 6 500 individuals remain. Join our crucial mission to monitor these fascinating creatures, unlocking new insights that will not only drive their conservation but inform broader efforts to protect fragile ecosystems.

African wild dog yawning in the golden light, showcasing its powerful teeth.

Beyond the Painted Wolf: Demystifying the African Wild Dog

Close-up, low-angle view of an African wild dog's side, highlighting its long legs and lean build.
Two African wild dogs play fight, bathed in the warm glow of a sunset.
Two African wild dogs stand together in a recently burned area, the black earth contrasting with their colorful coats.
Adult African wild dog regurgitates food for its pups at the den site.

The Power of the Pack: Why Wild Dog Social Life Matters

African Wild Dog Monitoring: Wild at Heart, Precarious Existence

African wild dog puppies nursing on their mother.
A tiny African wild dog puppy hesitantly emerges from its den for the first time.
African wild dog monitoring - Adult carrying the head of a young oryx, highlighting its predatory role.
Adult African wild dog carries carcass of a young eland calf.
African wild dog carrying the head of a steenbok antelope in its mouth.
Feeding Puppies at Den Site
Successful Eland Hunt

Threats They Face and Why We MUST Monitor

Habitat Loss & Fragmentation

As wilderness becomes farms and private land fragmented, pack territory shrinks, and conflict rises. African wild dogs are major victims of human-wildlife conflict as their available habitat shrinks, they are forced to venture into farmland, and cattle make for easy prey. Similarly, African wild dogs are hugely susceptible to outbreaks of rabies and canine distemper, and venturing through community land unvaccinated domestic animals can increase their risks. Often, it’s the other way around with community land bordering conservation areas, and infected domestic animals entering these reserves. Wild dog monitoring pinpoints hotspots. African wild dogs are classified as endangered by the IUCN with a decreasing population trend.

Persecution & Disease

Snares, shooting by farmers, and diseases transmitted by domestic animals take a devastating toll. Data informs protective action.

Small Populations = Big Trouble

Low genetic diversity puts wild dogs at greater risk. Wild dog monitoring ensures a holistic picture of long-term viability.

Large Populations = Big Trouble

High wild dog numbers can decimate prey populations leading to a prey base collapse. Wild dog monitoring is therefore essential.

Conservation: The Vital Role of Research and Monitoring

Research plays a crucial role in African wild dog monitoring. By studying their populations, movements, social dynamics, and ecological interactions, we gain a deeper understanding of their needs and the threats they face on Khamab Kalahari Reserve. This information gathered from wild dog monitoring informs effective management strategies on the reserve, and guides decisions to possibly translocate wild dogs to other areas in Africa for the conservation of the species.

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