TAWIRI, TANAPA relocate wild dogs from Mkomazi to Serengeti

By Lake Zone Watch Writer

Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) and the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) are teaming up in an exercise to resettle wild dogs from their habitat at Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanga Region into the Serengeti National Park ecosystem.

‘’Wild dogs have been gradually vanishing from Serengeti due to the rabies and canine distemper virus. The growing number of lions and hyenas plus getting killed by people whenever they stray from the park are other reasons for the diminishing of these animals,’’ said Dr Emmanuel Masenga, head at the Serengeti Research Centre when receiving 20 wild dogs from Mkomazi Game Reserve.

Resettlement of wild dogs into the Serengeti ecosystem is a continuing exercise that started in 2011 with the aim of protecting the environment and promoting tourism.

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