A pack of wild dogs has been released in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HiP), located 280 km north of Durban in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The wild dogs were kept together before being released.
The African wild dog, or wild dog, is one of the most endangered animals in the world. Several of them were released in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HiP), in an effort to protect the endangered animal species. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife spokesperson Musa Mntambo said the wild dogs were kept together in a boma in iMfolozi before their release into the park.
« The females had separated from another pack in HiP and the males had separated from their pack in Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in the Northern Cape. The Endangered Wildlife Trust, which is one of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Wildlife ACT’s partners in the KZN Wild Dog Management Group, helped bring the males to HiP, where they were placed in one compartment of the boma and the females were placed in the other compartment, » said the spokesperson.
« Once the monitoring team could see that the groups were relaxed with each other, the door between the enclosures was opened and the animals were allowed to interact. Once the males and females had bonded to form a new pack, they were released from the boma in the park. The idea of forming this pack and releasing it into HiP was to anchor the females that had dispersed from another pack into the park, bringing in new males and linking the two sex groups to bring new genes into the park, and to reinforce the low number of wild dogs currently in the park, so that the park can continue to contribute to the conservation of the species, » said Musa Mntambo.
Musa Mntambo also revealed that wild dogs face many challenges. « Historically, they were treated as vermin and killed on sight. There are still people who treat them as vermin and illegally slaughter them. Also, they are a pack species, from which individuals disperse as they get older or the pack gets too large, to find their own mates, » he said.
He added that snares and road accidents were also contributing to the reduction in wild dog numbers. HiP plans to keep the wild dogs indefinitely and manage them so that they can contribute to the conservation of wild dogs in South Africa. « There is a lot of potential for HiP’s wild dogs to breed and grow in numbers, but they will be managed through transfers to other reserves, to ensure that the numbers of individuals and packs do not exceed the levels determined by management, » Mntambo added.