Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve encompasses approximately 620 kmĀ² of Lowveld and Bushveld in the North West province. Although the broader area was known to be occasionally frequented by transient groups of wild dogs, primary from Botswana, the first pack to be formally reintroduced was released into the reserve in 1995. The pack comprised three wild-caught males from the Kruger National Park and three captive-reared females from the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre.
Despite major setbacks with two rabies outbreaks, at one point reducing a pack of 23 to three remaining animals, further augmentation of the population with individuals from both nearby Pilanesberg National Park and the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre bolstered reintroduction efforts. Despite fluctuating fortunes and encounters with lions, the reserves wild dogs have persisted and currently Madikwe has the second largest population of wild dogs in the managed metapopulation, with 26 individuals in two packs.