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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

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

Michael G. L. Mills

J. Weldon McNutt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515562.003.0022

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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