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Gabs there will be a completely new illustration pic or maybe not at all cause it has to be generic, marring the three together. You will need to create copy for the three overlays at the bottom. The will be three separate pictures that I will now work on on for each section. Wild dog, ACT and Mashatu. Also you can give me an idea as what you would like to see as the banner headline pic. This need not be a pic, could be a banner etc. We will discuss your ideas. Going to work on the three pics so long.


Professor Henk Bertschinger of De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust commented:


Wild dogs are fascinating predators, their entire social behaviour is geared towards maximising their chances of survival and there is no other carnivore with a reproductive drive that comes close to theirs. The greatest threats to their survival are humans, the diseases rabies and distemper, and large predators such as lions and spotted hyenas. Wild dogs need space, with reserves of less than 35000 hectares being too small to permanently contain a pack. 




They breed up very quickly, which leads to break-outs into neighbouring properties where they  are likely to be persecuted. This means that, particularly on smaller properties, population numbers have to be contained. Reserves that carry high densities of other large predators are also unsuitable, The metabolic rate of wild dogs is exceptionally high (greater than that of a border collie), 




which means that for the most part they have to eat on a daily basis. Kleptoparasitism (theft of their kills by other predators) forces them to leave an area – if not, they will die of starvation. In areas where rabies and distemper are a problem, the diseases can be controlled by vaccinations using drop-out darts. The bottom line is, given sufficient suitable habitat, the wild dog will survive.