AWD Conservancy Newsletter
Three Brothers
Donations Urgently Needed
African wild dogs face the threat of extinction because of human persecution and habitat loss. With your support, the AWD Conservancy is working with communities in one of the most bioculturally rich regions on earth to find ways for this endangered canid and people to coexist.

Please help us raise $10,000 in the next three months so that we can keep our conservation efforts moving forward. Donations are urgently needed to pay staff, produce education materials, and cover transport costs.
Biodiversity Hotspots
Study Area
Study area
Making a Difference
The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
Sedgwick County Zoo
Our thanks to the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Sedgwick County Zoo, and private donors for supporting the AWD Conservancy's wild dog project in Kenya.
Surveys Done!
Tana River
Hussein in a Makoro on the Tana
Tana River
Hussein in a Mokoro on the Tana

As it turns out since our last annual e-newsletter, more remote villages were found between the Tana River and Tsavo East National Park, a critical corridor linking ‘our’ wild dogs to those in the park. So, there was more work to be done, and done it was! With a translator and motorbikes, and a mokoro or two, the final trek to the western hinterlands was a hard-won success. The Conservancy has now completed the first comprehensive large-scale surveys of wild dogs and livestock depredation in the North Eastern and Coast Provinces of Kenya. Covering some 100,000 sq km, this was no small feat! Some of the area is experiencing tribal conflict and suffering at the hands of al-Shabaab.

In the not too distant past, many conservationists mistakenly believed that there were only vagrant packs in this region. After conducting interviews in over 180 villages, some of which were surveyed more than once several years apart, we now have over 1,000 wild dog sightings in our database. A definitive map showing wild dog distribution and corridors will be produced. Villager reports of livestock depredation will enable us to identify hotspots as well as provide much needed information on the distribution of other predators such as cheetah and caracal. Preliminary analysis of the livestock loss reports indicates that overall losses due to wild dogs are low.

We want to thank you for your support! We could not have done this without your help.

Survey Map
Survey Region Outlined in Red
Expanding Our Educational Initiative

With our Education Program Director in place, we are expanding our educational outreach south of the Arawala National Reserve and east of the Tana River. Since last year’s teacher training workshop, school lessons on the food chain, and that includes the important role African wild dogs as well as other predators play, are being taught in local primary school classrooms.

With the aim of dispelling myths about wild dogs, a documentary film about their family life is being shown to students as well as adults. To give local people of all ages a window on the remaining wild places and wildlife in Africa and beyond, we will be using the Planet Earth series in schools and villages. Several headmasters have already agreed to work with us to start local wildlife and environmental clubs for boys and girls. So, we have lots of work to do and are asking you to please help us make this happen.

Wild Dog (Eyedur) Food Chain in the Web of Life
Wild Dog = Eyedur Food Chain in the Web of Life
Kenyan Somali Schoolgirls Pokomo Schoolboys
Schoolgirls Watching Film Pokomo Schoolboys Watching Film
Schoolteacher Announcing Film Villagers Watching Film
Schoolteacher Announcing Film
Villagers Watching Film
Protecting Large Predators
Given the exponential growth of the human population, too many large predators are increasingly under threat. And yes, there are good ecological and economic reasons why we need them, but shouldn’t they be able to exist for their own sake? After all, we are animals, something often forgotten, and many of us don’t give a second thought about justifying our own existence, no matter what we do to one another, other species, or the planet. Together, let’s continue our efforts to help one of the most endangered canids, African wild dogs.
Wild Dog in Southern Africa
Wild Dog in Southern Africa
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Thank you.
Courtesy of the Chicago Zoological Society
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About the AWD Conservancy
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Started in 2001, the African Wild Dog Conservancy is dedicated to working with local communities, and national and international stakeholders to conserve wild dogs through scientific research and education.

For further information, email us at:
lycaonpictus@awdconservancy.org
or write to us at the following address: African Wild Dog Conservancy
208 N. California Ave.
Silver City, NM 88061 USA