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The goal of the wild dog range expansion project is, not only, to ensure the long term survival and conservation of the wild dog in South Africa but also to encourage biodiversity. Biodiversity is a broad concept incorporating compositional, structural and functional attributes at four levels of ecosystem organisation; namely landscapes, communities, species and genes. Of relevance to wild dogs in the WDREP, this incorporates not only the presence of wild dogs in an area but, crucially, the restoration of their ability to interact with other species and to alter ecosystems.

Our measurable targets include:

  • Safe space (ha): the loss of Wild Dog safe space is the greatest threat to the species. We persistently work with stakeholders to restore and maintain safe space.

  • Pack numbers: an increase in safe space means more opportunity for Wild Dog reintroductions, which means an increase in pack numbers.

  • Population numbers: an increase in pack numbers can create a platform for Wild Dog population numbers to grow.

  • Genetic diversity. Increasing Wild Dog numbers and safe space ensures genetic diversity both within and between populations.


To date, WAG-SA, through its multiple partners, has increased safe space by , which has led to an additional and . These new packs and populations have good genetic integrity – comparable to large, unmanaged populations.


With a working methodology and a strong, genetically sound, Wild Dog population in South Africa, and now in Mozambique, we are looking to scale-up this critical conservation work to areas that are deemed feasible for reintroduction.


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