Many people are astonished to hear that there are fewer than 450 African wild dogs left in South Africa today.  The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) recognised the plight of this species back in 1997 and began a multi-faceted programme to attempt to increase their numbers.  They have had a number of great successes including translocations to establish new wild dog populations, and on-going education programmes and anti-poaching efforts.   However, a new and sinister threat could derail all this good work.

About a year ago, Canine Distemper was discovered in African wild dogs.

Canine Distemper is a virus transmitted from domestic dogs.  It spreads rapidly, causing seizures and eventually killing the infected animal.    Wild dogs, being such a social species, are particularly vulnerable and it takes a very short time for the virus to spread from the infected individuals to the rest of the pack.  In May this year, the entire Lower Sabie pack died from the virus and then, a few months ago, the Crossroads pack in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park succumbed

Since the virus was first identified late last year, at least 53 wild dogs have died. To lose more than 10% of an already critically endangered population is a severe blow and we can no longer stand by and “let nature take its course”. The EWT is collaborating with their various partners to vaccinate as many dogs as is possible.  This involves days of tracking, darting,  blood testing, vaccinating and follow up blood tests later on. A daunting and very expensive project that was not foreseen in this year’s budget.

You can help by enjoying an evening out – Dinner for the Dogs!

We are delighted to be co-hosting an event with Chaplin’s Grill and Chalmar Beef to raise money for this crucial vaccination programme.

Date: Wednesday November 9, 2016
Time: 6:30 for 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Chaplin’s Grill, 61 Woodlands Drive (off Republic Road), Hurlingham, Sandton
Cost: R450 per person for a delicious 3 course meal, and paired wines. (R300 of this goes to the EWT). For all other drinks, a cash bar is available.
Booking:  Contact Rainold or Andre on tel: 076 564 5979  or email them. No booking will be confirmed without payment in advance – we need to make sure that we get as many donations as possible for the cause!

There will be a short, informative presentation by Dr Kelly Marnewick, head of the EWT Carnivore Conservation Programme. A few items will also be auctioned on the night.  We invite guests to come along and enjoy this special evening in  support of a very worthy conservation cause.

If you cannot attend the dinner, but still want to help – make a donation to the EWT here.