The Wild Dog Conservation Programme

The Wild Dog Conservation Programme

The African wild dog, Lycaon pictus, is native to Sub-Saharan Africa. It has few natural predators, but habitat fragmentation, human persecution and disease have slashed its numbers. According to the World Wildlife Fund, the African wild dog is one of the rarest and most endangered mammals in the world.

Current population estimates are between 3000 and 6600. The story of the African wild dog conservation programme at Erindi Private Game Reserve is full of twists and turns. It began in late 2007, when owner Gert Joubert decided to create a safe haven for a natural African wild dog population, and two groups of animals were brought into the reserve.

Sadly, the numbers dwindled due to unforeseen factors like canine distemper, negative interactions with spotted hyenas resulting in a scarcity of food, and confrontations within the pack. There was also a freak accident in 2008 when lighting struck a tree and killed 13 of the pack lying beneath it. In 2014, numbers had risen to a total of 14 members. The alpha pair produced a litter of pups in 2015, once again brightening the future for Erindi’s African wild dog pack.

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    erindinamibia: "All roads lead somewhere, but @erindinamibia it’s always a trip full of wonders. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜
Photo: @pasadena101
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  • Get out and explore this weekend, because nothing will make you feel more alive than the great outdoors β˜€οΈπŸƒ πŸ“· Photo: @shalamah.tautaiolefue - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #travel #ecodestination #photosafari #photography #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Get out and explore this weekend, because nothing will make you feel more alive than the great outdoors β˜€οΈπŸƒ
πŸ“· Photo: @shalamah.tautaiolefue
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  • While some animals scavenge for their meals from the ground or low hanging branches, it is the giraffe who wins by reaching the freshest meals from the very top. 🌳☝️🌿 πŸ“· Photo: @elle_pickerill - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #giraffe #longlegs #photosafari #photography #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "While some animals scavenge for their meals from the ground or low hanging branches, it is the giraffe who wins by reaching the freshest meals from the very top. 🌳☝️🌿 πŸ“· Photo: @elle_pickerill
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #giraffe #longlegs #photosafari #photography #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • We are so busy looking at what's on the ground, that we often forget to look up. High in the trees is where the elusive leopard will be. πŸŒ³πŸ† Photo: @missrehkitz - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #leopard #elusive #bigcat #wildcat #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "We are so busy looking at what's on the ground, that we often forget to look up. High in the trees is where the elusive leopard will be. πŸŒ³πŸ†
Photo: @missrehkitz
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #leopard #elusive #bigcat #wildcat #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • This lioness has worked hard to claim her meal, and by the looks of it, she is not sharing with anyone πŸ˜†πŸ΄ πŸ“·Photo: @francois_227 - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lioness #big5 #zebra #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "This lioness has worked hard to claim her meal, and by the looks of it, she is not sharing with anyone πŸ˜†πŸ΄
πŸ“·Photo: @francois_227
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lioness #big5 #zebra #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Just like this young Kudu bull, we’re feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed this Monday morning. πŸ‘€πŸŒ» Photo: @elle_pickerill - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #kudu #antelope #photosafari #photography #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Just like this young Kudu bull, we’re feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed this Monday morning. πŸ‘€πŸŒ»
Photo: @elle_pickerill
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #kudu #antelope #photosafari #photography #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • If I hide behind this branch, you can’t see me. 🐘🀣 πŸ“· Repost: @jeremyconte - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #big5 #photosafari #photography #safariworkshop #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "If I hide behind this branch, you can’t see me. 🐘🀣
πŸ“· Repost: @jeremyconte
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #big5 #photosafari #photography #safariworkshop #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • The photography workshop hosted @erindinamibia was a resounding success. Head over to Kyle’s profile and click the link in his bio to see the blog post from their first week in Namibia. Repost: @kyle.barney - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #photosafari #photography #safariworkshop #newlife #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "The photography workshop hosted @erindinamibia was a resounding success. Head over to Kyle’s profile and click the link in his bio to see the blog post from their first week in Namibia.
Repost: @kyle.barney
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #photosafari #photography #safariworkshop #newlife #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Admiring my beautiful stripes and perfect physique? 😏 If there was a mirror here, I would be too. Photo πŸ“·: @donalboyd - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #zebra #pose #stripes #photosafari #photography #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Admiring my beautiful stripes and perfect physique? 😏 If there was a mirror here, I would be too. 
Photo πŸ“·: @donalboyd
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #zebra #pose #stripes #photosafari #photography #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Giraffe experience different weather climates compared to those nearer the ground. These two seem to have their heads in the clouds. β˜οΈβ˜€οΈ Repost: @jeremyconte - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #giraffe #giraffeprint #photosafari #photography #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Giraffe experience different weather climates compared to those nearer the ground. These two seem to have their heads in the clouds. β˜οΈβ˜€οΈ
Repost: @jeremyconte
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #giraffe #giraffeprint #photosafari #photography #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Sometimes we need to remove the background noise to emphasize the beauty of the subject. 🐘 Photo πŸ“·: @kaiphotographer - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #big5 #photosafari #photography #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Sometimes we need to remove the background noise to emphasize the beauty of the subject. 🐘
Photo πŸ“·: @kaiphotographer
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #big5 #photosafari #photography #gamedrive #africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #africanamazing #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • There is no buddy like a brother. Come see them bond @erindinamibia 😼😺 Photo πŸ“·: @claudiar_22 - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #photography #safari #lion #lionbrothers #Africa #travel #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "There is no buddy like a brother. Come see them bond @erindinamibia 😼😺
Photo πŸ“·: @claudiar_22
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #photography #safari #lion #lionbrothers #Africa #travel #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Capture the perfect shot and take home the magic from the Old Traders viewing deck. πŸ“·πŸŒ„ Photo: @apollonleseconde - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #photography #safari #crocodile #Africa #travel #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Capture the perfect shot and take home the magic from the Old Traders viewing deck. πŸ“·πŸŒ„
Photo: @apollonleseconde
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #photography #safari #crocodile #Africa #travel #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Cats don’t usually enjoy water, but there is something incredibly calming about a cheetah standing in a field of flowers in the pouring rain 😻🌼 Photo: @kaiphotographer - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #cheetah #bigcats #rain #Africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Cats don’t usually enjoy water, but there is something incredibly calming about a cheetah standing in a field of flowers in the pouring rain 😻🌼
Photo: @kaiphotographer
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #cheetah #bigcats #rain #Africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Don’t be fooled, this is nowhere near as scary as a snake. This is simply a giant African millipede showing off his moves with his 256 legs. πŸ› Photo πŸ“·: @shalamah.tautaiolefue - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #millipede #anthropod #unusual #Africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Don’t be fooled, this is nowhere near as scary as a snake. This is simply a giant African millipede showing off his moves with his 256 legs. πŸ›
Photo πŸ“·: @shalamah.tautaiolefue
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #millipede #anthropod #unusual #Africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Only in the untamed wilderness of Africa can you experience such unreal sunsets such as this one captured at Sunset Vlei. πŸŒ„ Photo: Paul Joubert - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #sunset #mountain #dramatic #Africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Only in the untamed wilderness of Africa can you experience such unreal sunsets such as this one captured at Sunset Vlei. πŸŒ„
Photo: Paul Joubert
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #sunset #mountain #dramatic #Africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Erindi was rated by this young German visitor as β€œthe best safari in my life and definitely a holiday recommendation for everyone!” πŸŒ„πŸ’• Photo: @sophieklex - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #review #recommendation #explore #Africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Erindi was rated by this young German visitor as β€œthe best safari in my life and definitely a holiday recommendation for everyone!” πŸŒ„πŸ’•
Photo: @sophieklex
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #review #recommendation #explore #Africa #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Having long, wobbly legs means hours of practice to get balance just right. But mom is bursting with pride anyway. πŸ˜‹β˜€οΈ Photo: @maxime_barthelme_photography - - - #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #baby #giraffe #photography #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Having long, wobbly legs means hours of practice to get balance just right. But mom is bursting with pride anyway. πŸ˜‹β˜€οΈ
Photo: @maxime_barthelme_photography
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #baby #giraffe #photography #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • You will never forget the moment you saw your first Elephant in Africa. You will feel humbled to be in their presence. To witness their enormity, wisdom, and protectiveness of their young is something truly special - we hope to conserve this for generations to come. πŸ’•πŸ˜ Photo: @shalamah.tautaiolefue - - - #erindi #erindinamibia #monday #elephant #big5 #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "You will never forget the moment you saw your first Elephant in Africa. You will feel humbled to be in their presence. To witness their enormity, wisdom, and protectiveness of their young is something truly special - we hope to conserve this for generations to come. πŸ’•πŸ˜
Photo: @shalamah.tautaiolefue
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#erindi #erindinamibia #monday #elephant #big5 #travel #safari #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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  • Looking towards the weekend like yes, it's finally here β˜€οΈπŸ™Œ Photo: @wanderglider - - - #erindi #erindinamibia #friday #weekend #travel #safari #sunset #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush

    erindinamibia: "Looking towards the weekend like yes, it's finally here β˜€οΈπŸ™Œ
Photo: @wanderglider
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#erindi #erindinamibia #friday #weekend #travel #safari #sunset #bushlife #wildlife #animalkingdom #conservation #safari #wilderness #wildafrica #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeowild #picoftheday #goexplore #travelgram #earthpix #africanamazing #igtravel #thisisafrica #wildlifeconservation #protectwildlife #africanbush"
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