Wild Dog Conservation Malawi

Wild Dog Conservation Malawi aims to conserve the previously unstudied wild dog population in Malawi through applied research and education.

The project was initiated by and is coordinated by Dr Emma Stone from the University of Bristol. The project is conducted in collaboration with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Malawi (DNPW), and Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.

The aims of the project are to:

  1. Conduct a threat and status assessment of African wild dogs in Malawi
  2. Establish a long term ecological research project to monitor wild dog and carnivore populations
  3. Minimize human wildife conflict and promote coexistence between carnivores and people in surrounding communities
  4. Raise awareness of the importance of wild dogs and biodiversity
  5. Produce a conservation management plan for wild dogs in Malawi

Endangered dogs

The African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is the second most endangered carnivore in Africa. Despite regular sightings of breeding wild dogs in Kasungu National Park (KNP) Malawi, and its potential importance as a viable population, to date no comprehensive studies have been conducted on wild dogs and competing carnivores in Malawi.

In Malawi, wild dogs are currently known to occur in Kasungu (KNP) and Nyika National Park (NNP). KNP is subject to high levels of human encroachment and poaching (Bhima et al. 2003), and carnivores are believed to have declined over recent years. Research is urgently required to assess the status of the wild dog population in Malawi. As no systematic wild dog surveys have been conducted hitherto, our project survey provides a crucial first assessment of the status and distribution of the wild dog population in Malawi. Find out more about project activties here.

Use the links on the tright to find out more about wild dogs, thier ecology and the threats they face.

>Project Location

The project is based in Kasungu National Park located in central Malawi, southern Africa. We also conduct carnivore surveys in Liwonde (southern Malawi) and Nyika (Northern Malawi) National Parks.