When you join a Call of Africa Safari we commit to participate in activities which respect the natural environment and the wildlife which call it home. We only engage with professional safari operators who share our passion.
Living in South Africa means living alongside wildlife which is phenomenal (and according to us the best thing in the world), but unfortunately this also creates human-wildlife conflicts. A lot of the species are threatened due to poaching or by being shot because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Luckily, our conservation detection dogs, who are trained on scat detection and scent matching, can help us to give information about the distribution and estimated numbers of these species and contribute to their well-being in the future. At the moment, our dogs are trained to detect and match scats of Lion, Cheetah, Wild Dog and Leopard and droppings of Riverine Rabbits. South African cheetah & leopard populations are increasingly under pressure as human and predator territories overlap.
Endangered Wildlife Trusts partnership with Greendog Conservation regarding cooperatively breeding livestock guarding dogs has paid off again. Livestock Guardian Dogs have been used for thousands of years to protect livestock from large carnivores all over the world. In South Africa predation by large carnivores as Leopards, Cheetahs, Brown and Spotted Hyenas, Lions and Wild dogs is mostly followed by extermination of these precious animals. The dogs we use in our programme are pedigree Anatolian Shepherd dogs. This breed originates from Turkey and scientific literature has proven that Anatolian Shepherd dogs are an effective, efficient and non-lethal methods to protect goats, sheep and cattle from these large carnivores. Our Anatolian Shepherds are born in kraals and grow up with the livestock. When they are 4 months old, they go out with the livestock in the veld. The dogs are instinctively trained to protect livestock and by barking and scent marking the dogs are able to keep any dangers away from the livestock. The dogs are very energetic, driven and dedicated workers whilst still having a blast!
The success of this project has proven itself with an average of 96% in the reduction of predation by farmers who have become part of the project under the guidance of the EWT.
To learn more about this project visit their site.