Conserving the Wild Dogs of Africa
A close relative of the modern day domestic dog is the African Wild Dog, which has long been mistreated and misunderstood. Historically this effective hunter’s predatory nature has led to a number of incorrect terms being used in associated with its behaviour, such as cruel and heartless. Worst of all however, these animals were often referred to as vermin by farmers.
In recent times, thanks to conservationists across the globe, the plight of the wild dog has been brought to the forefront of nature lovers attention. With less than 5 000 dogs remaining on the African continent, it is imperative we all work to help save these beautiful creatures.
As the lowest members in the predatorily pecking order they are not only victims to other predators, but are also highly susceptible to diseases passed on by domestic animals. As their natural environment continues to shrink and human inhabitants live closer and closer to the wild dog’s habitat and home rangers, this is sadly inevitable. However there are many conservation based organisations working tirelessly to make this co-habitation and education their top priority.
At Tanda Tula we are incredibly lucky to regularly view wild dogs that are not as effected by the growing impact of human habitation, as the open system to the Kruger National Park supports the massive home range areas that the dogs need to thrive, and survive in.
Image by Luke Street