The biggest threat to painted wolves is habitat loss. Today, painted wolves occur in a tiny fraction of their former range.
The Endangered Wildlife Trust is an expert in painted wolf relocations in Southern Africa. EWT leads the Wild Dog Expansion Project which aims to tackle this problem by identifying safe spaces within the painted wolf’s former range to release new packs.
Up until recently painted wolves were regionally extinct in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. In 2018, 14 painted wolves from KwaZulu Natal, South Africa were reintroduced into the park. The abundance of waterbuck and other prey species means the dogs have thrived. The two packs have successfully raised 28 pups between them this denning season. A tremendous conservation success! This just goes to show if conditions are favorable painted wolves will thrive.
Second painted wolf relocation to Gorongosa National Park
A second pack from Kalahari has been relocated to Gorongosa boosting the painted wolf population in the park as well as increasing the genetic diversity of the overall population.
Despite the arid terrain, Khamab Kalahari Reserve and Tswalu Kalahari Reserve have become hotspots for painted wolves in South Africa – showing how resilient the painted wolves are. The Bateleurs assisted in flying the new pack from the Northern Cape into Mozambique.
Did you know Gorongosa was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s top 100 destinations in the world and has become a flagship park for other protected areas in Mozambique?
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