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Research Article

The wild dog—Africa's vanishing carnivore

John H. Fanshawea1, Lory H. Framea2 and Joshua R. Ginsberga3

a1 Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK.

a2 s/c ADEFA, B.P. 5570, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

a3 Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK.

Abstract

This paper presents a synopsis of the current status and distribution of the African wild dog Lycaon pictus, outlines reasons for its decline and discusses recommendations to halt or reverse this decline. A recent review of the status of the species provides evidence that it has disappeared or is in decline throughout its range (sub-Saharan Africa). Relict populations with little or no chance of long-term survival are found in several countries including Algeria and Senegal. Countries believed to contain potentially viable populations are, from north to south, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa (only the Kruger National Park).

Footnotes

Current address: Box 95, Watamu, Kenya.

Reprint requests to Joshua R. Ginsberg.

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