Adopt an African Wild Dog in South Africa

Help Wildlife ACT track African Wild Dogs by sponsoring a brand new,
state-of-the-art satellite tracking collar for a year.

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Did you know that there are less than 550 Wild Dogs left in South Africa. This makes them the most endangered large carnivore in southern Africa. If you’re one of our conservation volunteers or you’re just a passionate individual who cares for Africa’s Wild Dog populations, this might interest you. Why not create a monthly dinner club for 13 friends where each person donates $10? Organise a fundraiser at your school or hold a raffle? As a past, future or potential conservation volunteer, we challenge you to raise awareness and assist Wildlife ACT in our monitoring efforts. There are many creative ways to create awareness and raise funds for conservation!

Adopt an African Wild Dog by Sponsoring a Tracking Collar

Package 1:

Donate R30 000 to sponsor 1 x State-of-the-art Satellite Tracking Collar

During a 12 month period you will receive 4 x detailed reports updating you on your individual and pack, which will include distribution maps, photos and other information.

Package 2:

Donate R15 000 to sponsor 2 x VHF Tracking Collars

During a 6 month period you will receive 2 reports updating you on your individual and pack, which will include photos and other information.

Package 3:

Donate R7 500 to sponsor 1 x VHF Tracking Collar

You will receive a photo and information of your wild dog and its pack.


Why do we need to collar and monitor African Wild Dogs?

With the monitoring of Wild Dogs (also known as the African Painted Dog) forming the basis of Wildlife ACT’s wildlife monitoring work in Zululand, we’re often asked by our conservation volunteers about the necessities and purposes of monitoring the most endangered large carnivore in southern Africa:

  • ‘Why do we need to monitor Wild Dogs so intensively?’
  • ‘Why do we need to see them every day?’
  • ‘Why do we always need to know where they are?’
  • ‘Do they all need to wear those collars?’
Neil Aldridge Wild Dog

Photos ©NeilAldridge

Here are 5 reasons WHY:

  1. Studying the animals and recording behavioural, social and feeding patterns for research purposes.
  2. Monitoring is an effective way of keeping track of these animals’ movements and demographics and learning about their ecology and population structures.
  3. Monitoring these animals intensively allows us to predict future movements and possible dispersals of individuals from their packs.
  4. We are able to detect if animals have left the confines of the park, allowing us to act immediately to bring them back, preventing conflict and interaction with humans and domesticated animals (eg. Domestic dogs, which could be carriers of Rabies, Parvo or Distemper virus).
  5. By being in the field with them on a day-to-day basis we pick up on poaching incidences quickly, animals dispersing from the confines of the reserve and injuries from fighting and predation.

So, there is method to Wildlife ACT’s madness of racing around after Wild Dogs in the heart of Zululand. The only question that remains now is: are you willing to join us as a conservation volunteer and help us fight against the odds for the survival of this amazing animal?

Text by Kevin Emslie