African Wild Dog
African wild dog conservation strategies have been developed in all regions of Africa and focus on coexistence between people and wild dogs, sustainable land use for the dogs, public perception of the dogs, and ensuring a policy for wild dog conservation.
Conservation strategies have been developed for the African wild dog in all regions of Africa. Many range states have used these strategies as templates for their own national action plans.
Although each regional strategy was developed independently through a separate participatory process, the three strategies have a similar structure, comprising objectives aimed at improving coexistence between people and African wild dogs, encouraging land use planning to maintain and expand wild dog populations, building capacity for wild dog conservation within range states, outreach to improve public perceptions of wild dogs at all levels of society, and ensuring a policy framework compatible with wild dog conservation.
In South Africa, predator-proof fencing around small reserves has proved reasonably effective at keeping dogs confined to the reserve, but such fencing is not 100% effective and is unlikely to be long-term beneficial for wildlife communities.
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• Sources | (Davies-Mostert,Mills, & Macdonald, 2009; Sillero-Zubiri, Hoffmann, & Macdonald, 2004; South Sudan Wildlife Service, 2010; Woodroffe, Ginsberg, & Macdonald, 1997; Woodroffe & Sillero-Zubiri, 2012)