The use of transport crates is widespread and probably the safest way to transport wild dogs during a metapopulation translocation. The crates are large enough to house one wild dog, has a sliding door that can be latched closed and holes in the sides and top to allow airflow through the crate (Figure 5).
Figure 5. Transport crate manufactured for the Endangered Wildlife Trust
Once the wild dog is in the crate and ready for transit the mode of transport then completely depends on what is available. The majority of translocations are conducted by road, but some wild dogs have been flown to their destination. The volunteer environmental and conservation air service, the Bateleurs, have generously assisted with metapopulation translocations in the past.
For more information on the Bateleurs contact Joan Cameron:
9 Woolston Road
(T) +27 11 646 1596
(Web address) http://www.bateleurs.co.za
While in transit special care must be taken to ensure that individuals do not injure themselves. The likelihood of injury in the transport crate can be reduced by ensuring that the crate is not too big so that the animal cannot move around too much. The dimensions of the crate mentioned above are adequate. In addition, soft grass (it is important that it is not too hard or dry as hard grass could cause eye injuries) can be placed in the bottom of the crate to make it more comfortable. It is also important that the animal be kept cool in hot weather by periodically pouring water through holes in the top of the crate onto the dog and ensuring that a constant through wind blows across the crate. For more information on in transit care contact and of the veterinarians listed below.