Namibia to add wild dogs to protected species list

On Tuesday, the Namibian environment minister, Pohamba Shifeta, signed the amended Nature Conservation Ordinance of 1975 to include wild dogs as a protected species in Namibia.

Wild dogs in Namibia.

Wild dogs in Namibia. Image by Benjamin Hollis / CC BY 2.0

Wild dogs have been listed as a protected species by the World Conservation Union since 1977, but the Namibia Nature Foundation say this new ruling only came after a very long process, adding that ‘this is great news for a previously maligned species for conservation in Namibia’. In recent years the number of wild dogs in Namibia has fallen to around 600, whereas around the sub-Saharan region their population is around 5000. Read more: shanghaidaily.com

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