Wildlife ACT collars three painted wolves

Three new tracking and anti-snare collars were successfully fitted on painted wolves from the Somkhanda Community Game Reserve in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Wildlife ACT will now be able to better monitor this population, and help ensure its safety. 

All painted wolf packs in this province are monitored by Wildlife ACT, which helps them have a better understanding of the population. Daily monitoring of these packs provides vital information for conservation strategies. In addition, Wildlife ACT helped develop anti-snare collars. The technology in these collars protects the animal from choking and alerts researchers if an animal is trapped. 

This intensive monitoring is needed in South Africa, where there are only about 550 painted wolves left. The areas that do hold painted wolves are often fragmented, and restrict the genetic flow of the populations. Wildlife ACT is working towards a future where painted wolves will have enough protected areas, with corridors that allow populations to disperse and reach one another.

Watch this video for a glimpse into the work Wildlife ACT does to ensure the safety of painted wolves in South Africa:

Please consider helping Wildlife ACT collar more painted wolves with their tracking and anti-snare collars by visiting HERE. Help them reach their goal of being able to track all of the painted wolf packs in South Africa.


For those who want to get more involved, and have an incredible conservation experience, check out Wildlife ACT’s volunteer programme. Volunteers play a vital role in assisting researchers and get hands-on experience tracking and monitoring endangered species.