Endangered dogs: 14 released in park

2011-01-13 00:00

FOURTEEN African Wild Dogs have been released into the Tembe Elephant Park (TEP) on the border between KZN and Mozambique.

“The release is the culmination of hard work by the KZN Wild Dog Management Group assisted by the national Wild Dog Advisory Group which began in 2009,” said Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife spokesperson Jeff Gaisford.

He said in December 2009 four male Wild Dogs from the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre were released into an enclosure in the TEP.

They were joined in February 2010 by three females from Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.

While still in the TEP enclosure the Wild Dogs produced a litter of pups and the pack now consists of 14 members.

Wild Dogs are the rarest carnivore in South Africa — less than 400 Wild Dogs remain in South Africa.

— Supplied.

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