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Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa - African Wild Dog study programme

Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa - African Wild Dog study programme | African Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it
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-This population has fluctuated significantly during this time ranging from less than 200 animals to approximately 400. Impala, the major prey species of the Wild Dog provide adequate food for adults and their pups.

-In 1997, a PHVA (Population and Habitat Viability Assessment) for the conservation of Wild Dogs was held in Pretoria and the Wild Dog Advisory Group (WAG) was formed as a result of this workshop. WAG’s major objective is the establishment of a second viable Wild Dog population. This is an ongoing effort.

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The Wild Dog is South Africa’s most endangered large carnivore.The total Wild Dog population in Africa is only between 3000 – 5000 individuals.Wild Dogs are considered to be extinct in 23 countries in Africa.Wild Dogs are particularly susceptible to snares and road kills.In natural areas the lion is the Wild Dog’s main enemy and competitor.A Wild Dog uses up twice as much energy as a working Border Collie.

-Southern Africa’s most endangered large carnivore and one of the most endangered carnivore species in the world, the Wild Dog, is the flagship species of the Carnivore Conservation Group.

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Gonarezhou Predator Project | African Wildlife Conservation Fund

Gonarezhou Predator Project | African Wildlife Conservation Fund | African Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it
The Gonarezhou National Park in southeast Zimbabwe is a key part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park with major conservation potential.
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-After initial investigations into the park’s predator populations, it soon became apparent that there was cause for concern over the extremely low lion numbers in the park. 

-To address these issues, the team began carrying out annual spoor surveys to pick up on population trends of these species. 

-This short study affirmed concerns about the extremely low lion density: in 2010 a population of less than 50 lions was estimated to be surviving in the park, which potentially could support over 200. 

-It was soon discovered that various human-related activities were involved, including unsustainably high hunting quotas in adjacent concessions, illegal hunting for skins by some Mozambique operators, snaring, poisoning and historically high levels of lethal problem animal control (PAC).

-The illegal trade in skins and the snaring and poisoning of these predators also impacts on leopards and African wild dogs; the only collared wild dog in the park was killed in a snare on the Mozambique boundary less than a year after being collared and photographs from tourists have shown several other dogs suffering with snares around their necks.

-Already, we are noticing a significant increase in the lion population and hope that by reducing mortality rates, the population will continue to increase to more viable levels.

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The most endangered African animals

The most endangered African animals | African Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it
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-Pouching, pollution, poisoning and other forms of destructive human behaviour have a huge impact leading to extinction and hundreds of species becoming endangered. Here is a list of the most endangered African animals.

-South Africa’s national bird, the Blue Crane, is in danger of becoming extinct for a number of reasons including the threats they face with regards to the ecosystem and devastation of their natural habitat. 

-The Black Rhino, which seems to be the preference of poachers, is highly endangered across Africa with numbers dropping at a rapid rate year after year. 

-With a population of about 20 600, the Southern White Rhino is the least endangered of the living kinds of rhino. It should be noted, however, that this species is classified as near threatened by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

-The Blue Whale is the largest known animal on earth, ever, reaching sizes larger than the prehistoric reptiles, the dinosaurs.

-Poachers after their ivory tusks have largely contributed to the endangerment of the African Elephant. This incredible giant found throughout Africa has recovered coming back from the brink of extinction with growing numbers, but they are still not out of the red. Conservation efforts continue to combat their endangerment. They are highly intelligent, exceptionally emotional and social creatures making them one of the most advanced species on the planet.

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