The Diet and Presence of African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus) on Private Land in the Waterberg Region, South Africa

  title={The Diet and Presence of African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus) on Private Land in the Waterberg Region, South Africa},
  author={Rivonia Ramnanan and Lourens H. Swanepoel and Michael J. Somers},
African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) populations and their geographic distributions have been greatly reduced due to direct human persecution and habitat reduction; however, remnant groups still manage to persist on private reserves and farmland. Farmland, especially game farming areas, can potentially be suitable for wild dog conservation. However, little is known about them in these areas. To increase our understanding regarding the presence and general ecology of wild dogs on private land we… 

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