Relocation, Relocation

An initial group of three African Wild Dogs has been successfully translocated from Kafue National Park to Liuwa Plain National Park to help re-establish the species in the extraordinary Zambian landscape. With approximately 6,600 individuals left on the continent, this translocation, which was conducted in collaboration with Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), contributes to the long-term conservation of Wild Dogs in Zambia and aids in the ongoing restoration of Liuwa Plain, boosting its tourism profile.

“Zambia is one of only six remaining countries considered as strongholds for Wild Dogs on the entire continent. The return of this endangered species to Liuwa Plain forms part of the National Wild Dog Plan, enabling the government to conserve healthy populations of Wild Dogs”. Said Chuma Simukonda, the Director of Zambia’s DNPW.

A New Home for Wild Dogs

Image courtesy of African Parks Network

The three Wild Dogs were carefully captured and transferred via aeroplane to Liuwa Plain, where they were released into a temporary boma, where they will remain for up to eight weeks to facilitate social bonding and to enable their acclimation prior to the release into the wider landscape. This initial group of females will be supplemented with additional male Wild Dogs in the coming weeks.

The translocation was made possible thanks to the generous financial support of Bob Kwan, and with technical and logistical support provided by the Zambian Carnivore Programme and The Endangered Wildlife Trust.

A New Home for Wild Dogs

Image courtesy of African Parks Network