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African Wild Dog Pupdate

Help us Name an African Wild Dog Puppy

April 29, 2020

In an effort to continue sharing the important conservation efforts behind saving this endangered species, the selection of names come from a list of African National Parks. At one time, it was estimated African wild dogs roamed in large numbers in 39 countries across Africa; however, today, the species has likely been eliminated from as many as 20 of those countries.

Scroll through the survey below and pick your favorite name for the female African Wild Dog puppy!

Name your own African Wild Dog puppy!

Seven of the puppies have been named by generous donors and there are three left to name. So far the puppies are named:

Kruger, Marcus, Zambezi, Moremi, Etosha, Okavango, and Serengeti. 

If you would like to name a puppy, please contact or call 760-340-4954.

Currently listed as endangered by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), African wild dog populations number fewer than 5,000 individuals. As one of the most endangered African carnivores, African wild dog populations are struggling and in decline due to human-wildlife conflict, habitat destruction and canine diseases, like distemper and rabies. The Living Desert supports specific African wild dog conservation projects that work to bolster wild populations. Beatrix, Kiraka and the newest additions are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), which enables a healthy, genetically diverse, and self-sustaining population of species in human care.


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