Planned outputs for Phase 1 (2013-2015) of wild dog project.

Help establish reliable figures on the free ranging African wild dog population in Namibia.
Outputs:
1) Presence / absence data for the Mangetti Complex
2) Establish basic ecological parameters such as distribution, range use, group composition and dynamics. Pack movements, hunting and breeding success as well as prey ecology.
3) Up to date records of behaviour and physical condition.
4) Confirmed livestock predation rates.
5) DNA records.
 
Document the perceived and actual degree of human–wild dog conflict in the Mangetti Complex.
Outputs:
1) Build positive relations within the community.
2) Easy-to-use questionnaires and field data sheets.
3) Determine perceptions and assess conflict levels (Phase 1).
4) Gain a better understanding of the bio-graphical features of the study area e.g water availability, fences, prey clusters, livestock management and distribution etc.
5) Appropriate and realistic mitigation measures for example changes to existing animal husbandry practices (Phase 2).
6) Assess support for new and/or experimental techniques such as bio-boundaries (Phase 2).
 
Develop a robust method of disease management in the Mangetti Complex.
Outputs:
1) Develop and implement a vaccination programme that not only benefits the community but is the most appropriate and effective for disease control within the wild dog population.
2) Educate and build support for the project.
 
Contribute towards developing a National Action Plan for African wild dog.
Outputs:
1) Data sharing amongst stakeholders.
2) Standardized data and survey formats.
3) Contribute to a comprehensive assessment on a national scale.
4) Up-to-date mapped data