Bomas and bonding 

In August a pack of four painted wolves were released back into Tembe Elephant Park. The newly formed pack spent months in a predator boma bonding before the release.

Fenced reserves and national parks in South Africa prevent dispersal groups from leaving from their natal pack and forming new packs.

The four wolves were placed into the boma to bond and form a new pack that was released into the park in August.

Tembe Elephant Park in northern Zululand is known for some of the largest elephants in Africa. Much of Tembe is made up of critically endangered sand forest.

“The pack has been doing very well since the release – having spent the first few days exploring the boundaries of the 30 000 hectare reserve before honing in on a preferred range.” – Wildlife ACT Newsletter

Wildlife ACT

Wildlife ACT is at the forefront of painted wolf conservation efforts in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

They are responsible for the daily monitoring of painted wolf packs across Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, uMkhuze Game Reserve, Tembe Elephant Park, Somkhanda Game Reserve and Manyoni Private Game Reserve.

Using GPS collars, monitoring teams check up on the wolves every day to make sure they have not left the reserve or become injured. Should a pack escape, Wildlife ACT has developed a Rapid Emergency Response Fund.

They also respond to injuries from snares and raise funds for anti-snaring collars that reduce painted wolf fatalities.

Wildlife ACT Volunteer Programme

Wildlife ACT’s monitoring team comprised of volunteers is monitoring the pack. Wildlife ACT’s Painted Wolf Volunteer Programme is perfect for passionate people looking to spend time with and make a difference in wild dog conservation in the heart of Zululand, South Africa.