The KwaZulu-Natal Wild Dog Advisory Group (KZNWAG) is a forum at which recommendations on the management of the wild dog metapopulation in KZN are made. Participation within this group is not exclusive and includes representatives from the provincial conservation body Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the private game ranching and reserve sector, NGOs, the veterinary sector and any interested and/or affected parties. Meetings of the KZNWAG are held quarterly in a year.
The primary aims of the KZNWAG are to:
• Establish and maintain a healthy, breeding, socially and genetically viable subpopulation of wild dogs in the greater Zululand/Maputaland area (GZM) of KZN;
• Promote a positive image of wild dogs in KZN through an increase in awareness and education initiatives with local communities, commercial ranchers and tourists in areas where wild dogs occur, have occurred or are likely to occur;
• Facilitate the natural dispersal of wild dogs from established core populations through the creation of dispersal corridors between protected areas in the GZM and;
• Contribute to the Southern African Wild Dog Metapopulation Management Strategy that has been developed by the national WAG.
Anyone interested in obtaining more information about participating in the KZNWAG should contact the KZNWAG chairperson:
Dr Dave J. Druce
Park Ecologist (Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park)
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Hluhluwe Research Centre
Tel: +27 (0) 35 562 0606
Cell: +27 (0) 82 315 7249