Conservation of African wild dogs in northern Mozambique

Jean-Marc Andre

The vast wilderness of Mozambique provides potential habitat for the Endangered African wild dog, allowing for a more or less continuous range for the dogs across neighboring countries. Using both interviews with local people as well as habitat-wildlife transects, this team recently confirmed the presence of wild dogs in central Mozambique. We propose to extend our field surveys to other little known areas in Niassa and Cabo Delgado provinces to determine dog distribution, habitat suitability, prey and competitor species as well as peoples’ attitudes to dogs. We will contribute to the awareness of this endangered canine and other wildlife in the region, promote constructive relationships with local communities and deliver baseline information for future wild dog conservation efforts.