28 June 2011

South Africa: Pack of 13 wild dogs has been released into iSimangaliso Wetland Park

South Africa's third largest protected area, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formely known as Greater St Lucia Wetland Park), has released a pack of 13 of Africa’s critically endangered African Wild Dogs into the uMkhuze section of the Wetland Park as part of the drive to secure the species future. All of the uMhkuze wild dogs have been fitted with VHF radio and tracking collars. They will als be monitored daily to determine their movements.

The introduction of the highly endangered wild dogs is part of iSimangaliso’s integrated conservation strategy with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to re-establish the full range of game that became extinct in this part of southern Africa more than 75 years ago, including elephant, black and white rhino, tsessebe, oribi, cheetah and buffalo.

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