African Wild Dog Breeding Program
In 1995, the Trust made history by launching East
Africa's first captive breeding and translocation program for the critically
endangered African Wild Dog. This project began in August 1995 with
the arrival of 25 wild dog pups from three different packs on the Masai
Steppe, an area where the local Masai pastoralists poison wild dogs
in retaliation for killing livestock.
At Mkomazi, the pups immediately settled into their new home, where
they now live together in a complex of spacious compounds. All have
been inoculated against canine distemper, rabies, parvovirus and leptospirosis,
and have had microchips painlessly inserted beneath their skin, so that
individual dogs from the different family groups can be identified.
The programs first litter of six puppies were born in March 1997.
joint release/introduction program with the Kenya Wildlife Services
has taken place in Tsavo National Park, integrating four males from
the captive program with Mkomazi, with four wild caught females with
hunting experience from Kenya. This has been a partial success and similar
programs will continue in larger national parks in Tanzania where the
dogs will have the greatest chance of success.
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