ALL ANIMAL PROTECTION
African Wild dogs
African wild dogs are Africa’s second most endangered carnivore and South Africa’s most endangered. We support research with management implications as well as the collaring of individuals as is mandated by the Wild Dog Advisory Group. This allows managers and researchers to track and monitor the various packs within small reserves, and respond of they are snared, need treatment, or have broken out the reserve.
Hyenas are much maligned and misunderstood predators. They are being hunted and their populations decimated, particularly as they have a complex and sensitive hierarchal structure. We are doing research calculating regional densities and assessing the impact of hunting outside the reserves, on the populations inside the reserves. This will hopefully give us a better understanding on how reserve managers can better protect this crucial predator. The work done by our ecologist Axel Hunnicutt, at the behest of Phinda Private Game Reserve, has already led to changes in the governmental permitting system protecting hyenas from being hunted mercilessly, as well as leading to co-authorship of the Red Data List for South Africa.
Suni are a tiny antelope that are considered endangered in South Africa, although continentally Least Concern, by the IUCN. Wild Tomorrow Fund is conducting projects to clear up the potentially of the southern sub-species being a species in its own right, through genetic work, in conjunction with a research student. We are testing different camera trapping method for the antelope to best be able to estimate densities and population trends, with the techniques being applicable to other difficult to count species too.
Pangolins are the world’s most poached animal. It has been estimated that over 100 000 have been killed since 2011, with some estimates as high as 100 000 per year. We are implementing a research project to look at historical and current distribution of pangolin in Zululand. We further aim to establish if and how pangolins are being poached regionally. The project aims to provide data to the IUCN on regional abundance and inform us whether there is a need for a regional pangolin facility.