Unpack Africa’s second most endangered predator with a local expert
Home to approximately 30% of the world’s remaining African wild dog (also known as the painted dog or painted wolf, and Cape hunting dog) population, Botswana, or the Okavango Delta to be more specific, is home to one of the most stable populations on the continent. And with 9% of the Okavango Delta in our care, we support the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust and their African Wild Dog Dispersal Study – a project solely established to further understand and protect the survival of this rare and vulnerable wild canine.
One evening after dinner, meet with a local African wild dog research team member to learn more about the threatened mammal, getting to know the various packs found in the region as well as how the dogs are collared and tracked. By assisting with tracking the locations of wild dogs, the African Wild Dog Dispersal Study provides an understanding of how and where wild dogs disperse, and assesses connectivity between sub-populations which is fundamental for the management and conservation of this critically endangered species.
Recognised as Africa’s most endangered predator with only between 3,000 and 5,000 left in the wild, numbers have radically declined over the years across Southern Africa due to habitat loss, poaching, diseases and threats from other wildlife hunters. Become immersed in an experience that allows you to better understand, and hopefully spot, one of Africa’s most misunderstood yet fascinating carnivores.
*Please note this experience is at an additional cost and must be booked in advance.