Dr. Emma Stone
Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, University of Bristol, UK
Location: Kasungu National Park, Malawi
Research: Assessing the status of African wild dogs in Malawi — building a long term conservation strategy
Species/Topic: African wild dog, African lion, leopard
Abstract: The African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is one of Africa's most endangered carnivores. Wild dogs have undergone severe declines in the last 50 years and viable populations are believed to be limited to only six of 34 previous range countries. Despite regular sightings in Kasungu National Park and its potential importance as a viable population, to date no comprehensive studies have been conducted on wild dogs in Malawi. Research is urgently required to assess the status of the population and determine the site-specific ecological factors limiting wild dogs to facilitate the conservation of this species in Malawi. We will conduct a crucial first assessment of the status and distribution of the wild dog population in Malawi. We will establish the only long-term wild dog ecological study, threat assessment and conservation program in Malawi, build capacity conservation and raise awareness of the importance of wild dogs and their habitats.