By Painted Wolf Foundation - November 14, 2018

African governments commit to the conservation of painted wolves and other carnivores

31 African countries have launched the African Carnivore Initiative to ensure the conservation painted wolves, lion, cheetah and leopard. The range States met on this topic for the first time in Germany at the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species in early November 2018.

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Although they are all very different, the four species share habitat and face many similar threats. Their habitat is being degraded and slowly converted into farms, fields for livestock, and cities.  Their food sources are slowly being killed by poachers or by competition with livestock. The carnivores of Africa are often victims of snares set for bushmeat. Conflict with people is common, and the animals are usually the losers.

Working together

With all these threats, these beleaguered animals need concerted action to save them. Collaboration between countries and organisations is absolutely critical. The African Carnivore Initiative is an important first step. It will :

And most importantly, it will provide a platform for countries to collaborate to ensure the future for predators, based on the existing Range Wide Conservation Programme for Cheetah and Wild Dog.