The overall goal of the Dhole Working Group is to gather information about dhole ecology, biology and conservation status that will lead to formulation of research priorities. The working group also aims to promote conservation of this species through facilitating research collaboration and dissemination of research findings to the scientific community and public.
What are the main Objectives of the Dhole working group?
What are the key research and conservation priorities?
Outside naturally occuring populations (Ex situ):
Within naturally occuring populations (In situ):
1. Update the current distribution and estimated population size of dholes: Recently, several members of the working group participated in the reassessment of the species’ IUCN Red List status, to be posted in the next round.
2. Determine important aspects of dhole ecology:
3. Determine the ecological relationships between dholes and tigers (and other large carnivores)
4. Re-assess the subspecific status of dhole populations with genetic and morphometric analyses.