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By Travel Reporter
In a joint effort by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Lapalala Wilderness Reserve and Tintswalo Lapalala, a free-roaming pack of 10 wild dogs were successfully relocated to Lapalala Wilderness Reserve in the Waterberg in Limpopo.
According to Glenn Phillips, chief executive of Lapalala Wilderness, the dogs, which are currently in a boma on the reserve, have adjusted well.
“The alpha female has produced a litter of pups. The birth of this litter of pups provides a welcome boost to the survival of this endangered species and we look forward to setting them free in the reserve together as a pack when the pups are strong enough, probably around the end of August (2020),” said Phillips.
Travellers can view their antics through a live cam. Wildlife and conservation media company Painted Dog TV has installed bush cameras allowing viewers 24/7 insight into the daily life and behaviour of the pack. Three individual bush cameras have been positioned to focus on the den site, the feeding site and the waterhole.
The African Wild Dog is one of the world’s most endangered mammals. According to the latest estimates, there are only around 6500 individuals left in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2018, this particular pack had only numbered two individuals.