Wild dog numbers have improved dramatically in the Luangwa Valley ©Edward Selfe Photography
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To anyone seasoned in African wildlife tourism, the African wild dog is widely considered to be one of the crown jewel sightings of any safari. Exquisitely patterned, highly social, extremely interesting to observe – and critically endangered - this unique species of the dog family was once actively exterminated as vermin throughout its range. It has now been wiped out from all but a handful of countries considered to have viable populations.
Today, the outlook for wild dogs has dramatically improved, but they are still threatened by an array of human impacts, ranging from habitat loss, bushmeat poaching and livestock conflict, to disease and roadkill. Resident populations are believed to exist in just 17% of their historic range in Africa - and Zambia is one of six remaining countries with viable wild dog populations.