Friday, May 18, 2018

Endangered Wildlife Trust uses Anatolian Shepherd Dogs in South Africa

The Livestock Guarding Dog Project of the 
Wildlife Conflict Mitigation Program of the 
the Endangered Wildlife Trust:

is a program in South Africa to protect cattle, sheep and goats from cheetahs, leopards, lions, and other predators, while still preserving the predators;  a method to control predation effectively by using traditional dog guarding as opposed to the "useless and unsustainable" methods of killing or removing wild felines. The program has been using Anatolian Shepherd Dogs thus far and is considering adding the Africanis Maluti to the program.

Click here for the article: Livestock_Guarding_Dog_Project.
The Livestock Guarding Dog Project of the Wildlife Conflict Mitigation Program of the Endangered Wildlife Trust has grown in bounds and leaps since it started 7 years ago. 

The large male leopard tracks have been seen on the property recently and with a number of newborn calves the farmer was worried he would lose some. Fortunately Jane has been doing her work and no calves have been lost. Minzi and Juma have been signed over to their respective farmers. They are working well and only one young goat was killed by a small crocodile or water monitor lizard since they were implemented. Both farmers are extremely happy with their dogs and we wish them a successful future protecting their livestock. The EWT Livestock Guardian Project continues to grow from strength to strength.

About the family of Livestock Guardian Dogs...

“To this day flocks are guarded in the hills of Asia, Europe and Africa* by powerful, robust dogs that are neither clumsy nor pacific. Despite the distances that separate them these breeds have much in common, and the Kuvasz is a member of this extended sheepdog family.”

From: Dr. Tibor Buzády, Dogs of Hungary, trans. Bernard Adams, Budapest, Hungary: Nóra Kiadó, 2002, p. 90. 

*And today also in Australia, North America and South America.