Khamab Kalahari Game Reserve

The 950km² Khamab Kalahari Reserve is a private venture in the Molopo district of the Eastern Kalahari Bushveld. It was established as a conservation initiative in 2007 with the vision of sustaining the full spectrum of wild herbivores and carnivores that naturally occurred in this landscape in the past, and which enables ecological processes of the system to function with as little management intervention as possible.
Although wild dogs have largely been exterminated in the Eastern Kalahari farmlands, they were a common resident in the past, and their reintroduction into Khamab fits in very well with the reserve’s vision. Wild dogs are an endangered species largely because of a lack of available habitat. Khamab’s size will ensure the reserve can play a particularly valuable role in wild dog conservation into the future.
The first wild dogs were reintroduced into the reserve in 2010 when the Northwest Provincial authorities needed a home for three homeless males. The young males successfully established themselves on the reserve, and soon roamed large areas of the reserve. After initial difficulties in sourcing females, two young females were introduced in September 2011 from Hlambanyati Private Game Reserve. The resident males were bonded with the new females in a boma, and they immediately accepted the new arrivals in their midst. The newly formed pack was released from the boma after almost two months, and has since developed into a cohesive pack which successfully roams the reserve. The reintroduction of wild dog on Khamab is a significant step in the restoration of this endangered animal to the region.