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Wild Dog Conservation Malawi (WDCM) aims to conserve the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) population in Malawi through applied research and education. We work in collaboration with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Malawi (DNPW), and Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.

The aims of the project are to:

  1. Conduct a threat and status assessment of African wild dogs in Malawi
  2. Establish a long term ecological research project to assess wild dogs and competing carnivores
  3. Minimize human wildife conflict and promote coexistence between carnivores and people in surrounding communities
  4. Raise awareness of the importance of wild dogs and biodiversity
  5. Produce a conservation management plan for wild dogs in Malawi

Endangered dogs


The African wild dog is the second most endangered carnivore in Africa. Despite regular sightings of breeding wild dogs in Kasungu National Park (KNP) Malawi, and its potential importance as a viable population, to date no comprehensive studies have been conducted on wild dogs and competing carnivores in Malawi.

In Malawi, wild dogs are currently known to occur in Kasungu (KNP) and Nyika National Park (NNP). KNP is subject to high levels of human encroachment and poaching (Bhima et al. 2003), and carnivores are believed to have declined over recent years.

Urgent Research Required

Research is urgently required to assess the status of the wild dog population in Malawi. As no systematic wild dog surveys have been conducted hitherto, our project survey provides a crucial first assessment of the status and distribution of the wild dog population in Malawi. Find out more about project activties here.

Use the links on the left to find out more about wild dogs, their ecology and the threats they face.

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