Today, African wild dogs are resident in only 9.4% of their historical range, and the species is declining. Given that wild dogs are found at naturally low population densities and occupy large home ranges, transfrontier conservation initiatives are fundamental for their future conservation. The Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTCA) hosts globally significant populations of wild dogs. Habitat loss, wire snaring, disease, interspecific competition and human persecution threaten wild dogs throughout their range.
Taronga’s support of this project will enable African Wildlife Conservation Fund to purchase tracking equipment, educational support materials and provide a scout team so that they are able to continue their work with the African wild dog in Zimbabwe. The Wild Dog Protection project monitors the conservation status of African wild dogs in the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area for effective long term conservation management. Staff collect genetic samples and assess the genetic health, including genetic diversity and level of inbreeding, of the wild dog sub-population in the Zimbabwe Lowveld. Strengthening the current conservation education program in schools to mitigate human-wildlife conflict and to increase awareness of the importance of African wild dogs as part of the local ecosystem are paramount to a successful campaign for protecting wild dogs. Other aims of the project include reducing adult wild dog mortality from snaring through increased anti-poaching measures and reducing the threat from rabies through vaccination of domestic dogs in local communities.
The African Wildlife Conservation Fund promotes the long-term sustainability of healthy wildlife populations via research and educational partnerships with land owners and community members, natural resource managers, conservationists, and governments. The work is done with the support of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.
What can you do?
Think then ask before you buy: Our consumption places pressure on resources all over the world – whether you are travelling or buying here in Australia, think, then ask before you buy – will what I am buying affect wildlife?