We are delighted to share with you the first newsletter from the Samburu-Laikipia Wild Dog Project in the Ewaso Ecosystem of Kenya.
This project has been ongoing for 20 years and has just started an exciting new phase of work due to funding from IUCN SOS (Save Our Species) and the European Commission – Development & Cooperation – Europe Aid.
In 2017, the 20-pack-strong population was all but wiped out by an outbreak of the canine distemper virus. Incredibly, a new pack formed from the two surviving individuals and other African wild dogs that immigrated into the area. Dubbed the Phoenix Pack, the new pack represents hope for this important wild dog landscape. The new project aims to identify sustainable ways for people and wild dogs to coexist, and includes rabies vaccination work, mitigation of human-wildlife conflict, and community outreach.