Tanzania Wild Dog Project

Wild dog packs have vast territories and pack range can cover 1448km. In the Serengeti, more than half of the wild dog pack territories range outside of the national park. As a result, there is inevitable human wild-dog conflict. Livestock herders poison wild dogs in retaliation for wild dogs killing their livestock.

The Serengeti Wild Dog Conservation Project, run by the Tanzanian Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI)  is working to mitigate this human-wild dog conflict and ensure the future health of wild dog populations in the greater Serengeti ecosystem.

The project does this by monitoring 300 wild dogs. The local Tanzanian project teams map current human wild dog conflict areas and run community awareness programmes which help to teach communities about carnivore conservation. These programmes have improved the co-existence of these communities with large carnivores in many of the study areas.

Research under this project includes studies on the wild dog populations genetics, competition patterns with other large carnivore and survival mechanisms. They also do wild dog health assessments, all of which help to ensure the future health of these wild dog populations.

There are only approximately 6600 wild dogs left in the wild, so projects like this one are essential to secure the future this endangered species and the areas they inhabit.

Your safaris with us are directly contributing to the continuation of this local initiative.


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