Makalali Helps to Grow Wild Dog Populations

The Makalali Game Reserve, part of the aha Hotels & Lodges portfolio, has become the newest addition to the Wild Dog Range Expansion Project as part of on-going efforts to save the species from extinction.

Co-ordinated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the Wild Dog Advisory Group of South Africa (WAG SA), the ultimate goal is to reverse the decline of wild dogs globally by actively increasing their populations and range throughout southern Africa.

This is achieved by establishing, maintaining and expanding safe space for the animals; reducing threats to their survival; ensuring positive changes in human-based values to wild dogs; and supporting laws to better protect them.

Despite this, wild dogs are still among the most threatened animals in Africa, under severe threat from snaring, poaching, disease, road kill, and habitat loss. In southern Africa, EWT has helped reverse this continent-wide trend, and the population has stabilised at around 500 individuals.

A recent relocation has been made possible thanks to a group effort by aha Hotels & Lodges, EWT, WAG SA, the owners of Makalali Game Reserve in Limpopo.

While wild dogs have passed through Makalali before, the introduction of this new, young pack of four aims to make the species a permanent fixture in the reserve. The two young males, named ‘Nyezi’ and ‘Mkhovu’, were born in 2016 and are the ideal age to start their own pack. The females, ‘Zeyheri’ and ‘Pacman’, were born in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

The pack was successfully relocated to Makalali on 09 June, thanks to the EWT Carnivore Conservation Programme’s and is currently being held in the section of the predator boma on the premises. In a few months, they will be fully released into the wild.

Aha Hotels & Lodges and Makalali contributed much-needed funds to make the pack’s introduction to Makalali possible.