One of the world’s most threatened mammals is the wild dog. Southern Africa and the southern part of East Africa still have the largest populations, particularly in Tanzania and northern Mozambique.
Wild dogs are social animals that typically live in packs of ten to forty individuals. They are opportunistic predators that target gazelles and other medium-sized ruminants. African wild dogs can sprint at speeds of over 44 miles per hour.
Scientists in Zambia use radio collars to monitor the movements, distribution, and behavior of large carnivores like lions and wild dogs in an effort to gain a deeper comprehension of these animals. We can better protect these umbrella species and lessen human-wildlife conflict with the communities that they share the land with the more we know about them.
The African wild dog benefits from the protection of major wildlife corridors and the establishment of protected areas. WWF works to protect important wildlife corridors between major game reserves in southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique. Additionally, we work to lessen conflicts with humans.