40 wild-dogs burned near the Serengeti

Local villagers have burned 40 African wild dogs alive in the Loliondo Game Controlled Area, on the Eastern border of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

The mass murder is said to be a reaction by villagers to the theft of livestock. Apparently villagers in Kertalo and Orkiu have lost 157 goats and 4 cattle to the dogs. In retaliation, they blocked the caves in which the wild dogs live with stones and set them alight while the dogs were inside.

This incident serves to highlight the battle this species faces. Classified as endangered on the IUCN red list, population estimates suggest that there are only between 3 000 and 5 500 wild dogs left in the wild, with less than 2 500 being classified as mature.  Tanzania is said to be home to 20% of the world’s wild dog population. And human-wildlife conflict is its greatest threat. There are, however,  little pockets of hope. Case-in-point, good news from Limpoo-Lipadi

Story sourced from Save The Serengeti

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  • http://www.facebook.com/philippa.castle Philippa Elaine Castle

    When will humans evolve, when will we as a species realise that ongoing human-wildlife conflict can only end in tragedy for all?

  • http://www.facebook.com/funchocky Aravind N Agastya

    very very sad … :(

  • Morkel Erasmus

    A travesty. This could have been avoided…

  • dessy

    How incredibly cruel!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pauline.barrington.7 Pauline Barrington

    Absolutely incredibly cruel!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pauline.barrington.7 Pauline Barrington

    South Africa was brave enough to send a rhino poacher to 40 years imprisonment …and since wild dogs are also on the endangered list all people concened for commiting this horrendous act of burning alive 40 wild dogs should also be fined very heavily for their barbarism.

  • Katja

    The government should reimburse the people who have losses caused by wild animals.

  • http://twitter.com/PaulSteyn1 Paul Steyn

    Oh man what a nightmare…

  • Tim Musumba

    This burning of 40 wild dogs is similar to my country Kenya where lions attack livestock and the villagers get little or no compensation.Their only source of wealth are this animals and in retaliation they kill these lions.The authorities should come in and look for ways to resolve this human wildlife conflict.

  • Elmarie Raath

    If this is really true about the Villagers burning 40 wild dogs…and I would love to know if it is really true, then shame on Tanzania’s villagers for doing it and for their Government not preventing it! I spoke to people in Tanzania about this and they say it is not true…can anybody confirm this cruel act?…I live in the USA and us as well as a lot of my Wildlife friends in South Africa will think twice before supporting Tanzania again. Not a cheap Country to visit and although one of the the most beautiful places if this is true.. We will send our dollars somewhere else!

  • Africa Inside

    People are not inspired to protect and coexist with animals they only have had negative experiences with (in this case killing their goats). Humans are born coded with both compassion, and competitiveness against anything that is unlike us ( Survival of the fittest…) Education about, and positive experiences with animals help to ignite compassion. WHere did your love of animals come from? Mine is from father who took my sister and I hiking and camping and taught us about the natural world.
    My organization, AfricaInside.org supports bush school programs in Southern and East Africa as one solution for wildlife conflict issues that has tangible results. Lori Robinson

  • http://www.facebook.com/Beate.Lingg Bee Tee

    They should hang one of these posters at every hut of the killers: http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=178557&d=1353399722
    They killed an estimated 10 % of the number of these animals in a not acceptable cruel way.

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  • Tomas Bergström

    Wich tribe was it? I suspect it was Masai. I support the Masai and their landclaims and their right to the land. I have been living with the Masai for over a year. But the romantic ide that the masai do not have a impact om wildlife is not correct. Their cattle damage a lot and they hunt for example wilddogs, leopard and lions, not with spears any more but with poisen.

    To manage this areas is not easy its important that the Masai is not allowd to have to many cattles and that any hunting or other tourist activities will benifit the Masai..

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