Since before Christmas until now we seen Wild dogs almost every day, this means the number of dogs is going up here in Selous.
There were once approximately 500,000 African Wild Dog in 39 countries and packs of 100 or more were not uncommon. Now there are only about 3,600 to 5,500 in fewer than 18 countries.
The African Wild Dog is endangered by human overpopulation, habit loss and hunting. It uses very large territories [and so can persist only in large wildlife protected areas] and it is strongly affected by competition with larger carnivores that rely on the prey base, particularly the lion and the Spotted Hyena. Lions often will kill as many Wild Dog as they can but not eat them. Hyena usually follow them to steal their kills. One on one the Hyena is much more powerful than the Wild Dog but a large group of wild dog can successfully chase off a small number of hyena because of their teamwork.
Like other carnivores, the African Wild Dog is sometimes affected by outbreaks of viral diseases such as rabies and distemper.
The alarming decrease in numbers and their social patterns and possibilities to observe them in such limited habitats is what has made these animals become a sort of legend and top objective of wildlife lovers when visiting the Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania.