Conserving the African Wild Dog in Malawi


Funding Unsuccessful. This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on March 5, 2015.

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Why is this research so important?

The African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is endangered (IUCN) with only 5000 animals remaining in the wild. To date wild dogs in Malawi have been overlooked and undervalued. Despite regular sightings in Kasungu National Park and its potential importance as a viable population, no comprehensive studies have been conducted on wild dogs in Malawi. The presence of the breeding population of wild dogs, the low numbers of competing predators, and the potential to enhance the link to the Zambian population make the Malawi dog population particularly important.

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The elusive wild dog caught on camera, a rare sight in Malawi

What are you trying to solve and how?

The African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is one of Africa’s most endangered carnivores. Wild dogs have undergone severe declines in the last 50 years and viable populations are believed to be limited to only six of 34 previous range countries. The causes of decline are habitat fragmentation, human-wildlife conflict and competition with other predators.

The conservation of remaining wild dog populations is outlined as the highest priority for the conservation of the species. The wild dog conservation action plan recommends the important first step in devising strategies for wild dog conservation is to survey their distribution and status. Despite regular sightings in Kasungu National Park and its potential importance as a viable population, to date no comprehensive studies have been conducted on wild dogs in Malawi.

Research is urgently required to assess the status of the population and determine the site-specific ecological factors limiting wild dogs to facilitate the conservation of this species in Malawi. We are conducting a crucial first assessment of the status and distribution of the wild dog population in Malawi. We are using applied research, conservation and education to conduct the only long-term wild dog ecological study, threat assessment and conservation program in Malawi.

What do you hope to discover?

We hope to find at least 3 packs of dogs, with breeding animals in Kasungu National Park and Nyika National Part. We expect that the population is spreading through a wildlife corridor to Zambia and that they are linked with the Zambian population. We expect to find animals in Nyika National Park which are potentially breeding and low densities of competing carnivores in both parks.  “Understanding the connections between different populations helps us identify where we need to maintain wildlife corridors so we can keep the populations of the remaining wild dogs healthy.”

If you exceed your funding goal what would you do?

We would extend the study through purchasing more satellite collars and aerial tracking time so we can create a clearer picture of to the wild dogs and competing predators activities so we can identify wildlife corridors and dispersal routes which are critical to their conservation.

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When you reach your funding goal when do you plan to start?

We plan to start this research as soon as we receive the funding, time is important as the wild dog populations are increasingly under threat from changes to the landscape in Malawi.  The faster we understand the needs of the populations, the better chance we have of protecting any wildlife corridors they are currently using.  We hope we can start in February 2015

 

Pledge £10

We will personally thank you by email and include you on any updates about the project, these will include information on predator politics and insights into what life is like as a wild dog in Malawi!

Pledge £15

We will send you a Wild Dog postcard from Malawi to say thank you for your support + the above!

Pledge £30

We will send you the original files of the camera trap photo of your choice so you can frame it knowing that you helped conserve wild dogs in Malawi + all the above!

Pledge £40

You can have access to interactive GIS maps so you can see where the wild dogs are giving you a touch of Malawi wherever you may be in the world + all the above!

Pledge £1500

This is unique opportunity to go and stay at the camp and learn about animals in Malawi in the same setting as the scientists researching them. If you would like to find out more please either contact Emma directly or email info@walacea.com

Pledge £3000

Business Sponsorship:  We can display a medium sized version of your logo on published materials and our website so your brand is recognised for supporting conservation in Malawi.  If you would like to sponsor this project please email info@walacea.com

Pledge £7000

Business Sponsorship:  We can display a large sized version of your logo on published materials and our website so your brand is recognised for supporting conservation in Malawi.  If you would like to sponsor this project please email info@walacea.com

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  • 2 Backers

    We will personally thank you by email and include you on any updates about the project, these will include information on predator politics and insights into what life is like as a wild dog in Malawi!

  • 2 Backers

    We will send you a Wild Dog postcard from Malawi to say thank you for your support + the above!

  • 1 Backer

    We will send you the original files of the camera trap photo of your choice so you can frame it knowing that you helped conserve wild dogs in Malawi + all the above!

  • 5 Backers

    You can have access to interactive GIS maps so you can see where the wild dogs are giving you a touch of Malawi wherever you may be in the world + all the above!

  • 1 Backer

    This is unique opportunity to go and stay at the camp and learn about animals in Malawi in the same setting as the scientists researching them. If you would like to find out more please either contact Emma directly or email info@walacea.com

  • Backers
    Limit of 4 — 4 remaining

    Business Sponsorship: We can display a medium sized version of your logo on published materials and our website so your brand is recognised for supporting conservation in Malawi. If you would like to sponsor this project please email info@walacea.com

  • Backers
    Limit of 3 — 3 remaining

    Business Sponsorship: We can display a large sized version of your logo on published materials and our website so your brand is recognised for supporting conservation in Malawi. If you would like to sponsor this project please email info@walacea.com

2 Comments

  1. Ed

    I hope this project get re-done or the time extended. It would be amazing to have an interactive map to follow the dogs and contribute to their protection at the same time.

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This Campaign has ended. No more pledges can be made.

  • 2 Backers

    We will personally thank you by email and include you on any updates about the project, these will include information on predator politics and insights into what life is like as a wild dog in Malawi!

  • 2 Backers

    We will send you a Wild Dog postcard from Malawi to say thank you for your support + the above!

  • 1 Backer

    We will send you the original files of the camera trap photo of your choice so you can frame it knowing that you helped conserve wild dogs in Malawi + all the above!

  • 5 Backers

    You can have access to interactive GIS maps so you can see where the wild dogs are giving you a touch of Malawi wherever you may be in the world + all the above!

  • 1 Backer

    This is unique opportunity to go and stay at the camp and learn about animals in Malawi in the same setting as the scientists researching them. If you would like to find out more please either contact Emma directly or email info@walacea.com

  • Backers
    Limit of 4 — 4 remaining

    Business Sponsorship: We can display a medium sized version of your logo on published materials and our website so your brand is recognised for supporting conservation in Malawi. If you would like to sponsor this project please email info@walacea.com

  • Backers
    Limit of 3 — 3 remaining

    Business Sponsorship: We can display a large sized version of your logo on published materials and our website so your brand is recognised for supporting conservation in Malawi. If you would like to sponsor this project please email info@walacea.com