The Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA), encompassing parts of Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique, holds almost one-tenth of the global population of endangered African wild dogs and is a crucial area for the species conservation. The African Wildlife Conservation Fund has been working on wild dog conservation in the Zimbabwean part of this TFCA since 2008. Our goal is to improve the long term viability of this wild dog population, by mitigating direct threats, getting buy in from communities, and improving transboundary connectivity.
To this end, we have established a multi-disciplinary conservation program, working at local, national and regional levels for conservation of the species. This includes management-based research, hands-on conservation, policy dialogue, education, and community engagement. Focal study areas include the 3500km2 Savé Valley Conservancy and the 5000km2 Gonarezhou National Park as well as several smaller areas, incorporating a minimum of 20 wild dog packs. Our education and outreach project includes 123 primary schools, covering 37 communities in 5 districts.
Rosemary Groom – African Wildlife Conservation Fund, Zimbabwe