Gorongosa’s painted wolves take the stage in a new documentary from Nova / PBS, premiering on 14 October 2020.
After the war in Mozambique, many of Gorongosa’s iconic large grazers and predators had disappeared, and there were just a handful of herbivores left. The Gorongosa Restoration Project, starting in 2004, has been incredibly successful, and the park is now home to growing populations of wildlife.
In 2018 and 2019, Gorongosa National Park partnered with Endangered Wildlife Trust to undertake two translocations of painted wolves into the park in central Mozambique. The Endangered Wildlife Trust oversees the Wild Dog Range Expansion Project, which works through partnerships to find safe space for painted wolves inside and outside South Africa.
The painted wolf population is growing rapidly, and there are now 85 painted wolves in five packs. In some packs there has been successful breeding by both the alpha and beta females. Pup survivorship in 2018 was 82%.
Now a new documentary explores the absolutely critical role that painted wolves play in the Gorongosa ecosystem. You can watch the film on Nova, starting 14 October 2020 – click HERE to find out how.