Who we are

There are an estimated 6 600 (660 packs) free-ranging African wild dogs Lycaon pictus left in Africa (IUCN 2012). Wild dogs are the rarest carnivore in South Africa with an estimated population of less than 450 individuals. Despite being legally protected in many of their current range states the remnant populations continue to face widespread persecution (Woodroffe et al. 2004). Wild dogs are listed as endangered by the IUCN but are not listed on CITES (Lindsey & Davies-Mostert 2009)
To address the conservation and species persistence problems facing the species, a Population and Habitat Viability Assessment (PHVA) Workshop for wild dogs was held in 1997 (Mills et al. 1998).
The Wild Dog Advisory Group of South Africa (WAG-SA) was established after the PHVA to monitor and facilitate the development and maintenance of the metapopulation.

The group acts as a platform for reserve managers and interested parties to present and discuss wild dog metapopulation problems and issues and to, together, recommend solutions.  In this regard the WAG-SA also collaborates closely with individuals and institutions actively involved with both the captive population and unmanaged free-roaming populations.
Decisions made regarding the reintroduction and translocations of wild dogs within the metapopulation are made at WAG-SA meetings (held quarterly). Participants of WAG-SA include reserve managers, land owners, researchers, veterinarians and provincial representatives.

How to become part of the South African Wild Dog Metapopulation

Anyone interested in obtaining more information about becoming part of the South African Wild Dog Metapopulation by managing them within a sound ecological framework should contact WAG-SA chairperson:

Dr. Harriet Davies-Mostert
Chairperson: Wild Dog Advisory Group South Africa
Endangered Wildlife Trust
Private Bag X11, Modderfontein, Gauteng, 1645
(T) +27 11 3723600
(F) +27 11 6084682

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