The Waterberg Wild Dog Initiative (WWDI) is a community-driven initiative aimed at protecting and conserving free-roaming African Wild Dogs in the Waterberg Biosphere by working directly with landowners.
African Wild Dogs are a globally Endangered species, with fewer than 6000 remaining in the wild. In South Africa, there are less than 550 known adult dogs. Of this, the vast majority of the dogs now live in formally protected areas. The Waterberg is home to an important population of the last-remaining, free-roaming wild dogs in all of South Africa.
The Waterberg is a mountainous landscape made up of a patchwork of cattle farms, game farms, agricultural lands, and public and private nature reserves. The Wild Dogs range into these unprotected lands and come into conflict with humans, facing severe threats of persecution on a daily basis. WWDI works to monitor the movements of the dogs and communicate with landowners to ensure that the Waterberg remains a safe space for African Wild Dogs.