The Wild Dog is the most endangered carnivore in Southern Africa. The biggest threat to dogs in Kruger National Park is exposure to humans and their pets! Because the dogs roam over huge distances, they regularly enter areas where there are neighbouring communities.
Recently we lost an entire pack of dogs due to canine distemper, a disease carried by domestic dogs. The loss of one pack is a tragedy, but is nothing compared to the potential loss of the entire population of wild dogs in Kruger numbering just over 200 individuals.
To prevent such a nightmare scenario Kruger National Park has started a project to study and vaccinate the core of the KNP dog population against potential killer diseases.
We are busy identifying and vaccinating dogs and fitting key individuals in each pack with satellite collars. Each collar is costing us R 30 000 to fit and monitor for a year and a half.
You can assist the SANParks Honorary Rangers in this effort by donating to help fund the costs involved.