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African wild dogs
We have the full infrastructure in place to manage, breed, vaccinate and reintroduce the wild dogs, but the feed regime is such a rigorous task as there can be no failure in the daily meat supply. These dogs can never have enough meat and it really does add to their overall health.
We reintroduced 15 wild dogs back to the wild in January and February 2014, in two packs. We have another eight dogs ready for reintroduction after the next rains in May 2014.
The first pack comprised four females and four males. They were released after being held at the reintroduction compound on the Tsavo NP / Mkomazi NP border for about two weeks. On the way over the to reintroduction compounds, we saw a pack of about 15 wild dogs which was fantastic.
Recent discussions with the Tanzanian Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) on the possibility of the Mkomazi wild dogs forming part of the TAWIRI and TANAPA project to reintroduce wild dogs to the Serengeti National Park have been very positive.