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The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids$
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David W. Macdonald and Claudio Sillero-Zubiri

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198515562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515562.001.0001

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African wild dogs

African wild dogs

Demography and population dynamics of African wild dogs in three critical populations

(p.337) CHAPTER 22 African wild dogs
The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids

Scott Creel

Michael G. L. Mills

J. Weldon McNutt

Oxford University Press

African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) always have low population densities when compared to sympatric large carnivores. Most populations are small, and only a handful exceeds 500. Three of the largest remaining wild dog populations are found in Kruger National Park (South Africa), the Selous Game Reserve (Tanzania), and Northern Botswana. With a total of 1,900-2,500 individuals, these areas protect about one-third of the African wild dogs alive today, and the future of wild dog conservation rests in large part on these ecosystems. This chapter identifies the demographic variables that have a strong impact on growth and aims to determine conservation priorities and evaluate management actions.

Keywords:   African wild dogs, Lycaon pictus, conservation, ecology, age-specific survival, reproduction, fecundity, life history, population growth

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