The theme of World Wildlife Day this year is Partnerships for wildlife conservation. Lapalala Wilderness and Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) partnered to assist one of the free-roaming African wild dog packs under threat in the Waterberg. The pack of ten were captured and released into the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve’ predator boma’s, where the alpha female produced 11 healthy pups. These intelligent animals had a history of escaping through fences, and this time was no different. Can you believe they managed to exit the reserve on three separate occasions. They were subsequently recaptured and, via the Wild Dog Range Expansion Programme, relocated to two sites in South Africa, one in Mozambique and one in Zambia, where they will play a significant role increasing the African wild dog population. A wonderful conservation success story!
Notes to Editors Media enquiries
Lesley Simpson (LSC), Johannesburg, South Africa, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: +27 (0)82 804 0110 Lapalala Wilderness Reserve
is managed by Lapalala Wilderness Foundation NPC, providing a safe habitat for all species that existed historically, including what are now rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. The reserve creates employment opportunities for surrounding communities establishing small businesses in support of the wildlife economy. Lapalala has been as much about people as about nature. Lapalala Wilderness School
is a non-profit organisation, depending predominantly on external support, that works to provide environmental education and to date +/-140 000 youngsters have passed through the school. Teacher training is part of the school’s offering.