Endangered Asiatic wild dogs found in good numbers in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Sultan Bathery (Wayanad): A pack of Asiatic wild dogs also known as dholes, which is an endangered species, was found in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. A total of 50 wild dogs were found in the first survey held in the country to trace the animal.
Asiatic wild dogs are large carnivores. Upto 12-14 wild dogs were found in 100 square kilometre area of the wildlife sanctuary which has an area of 350 square kilometre. Also about 11-13 tigers also were found from 100 sq km area here.
Arjun Srivathsa who led the research team said that availability of preys and the suitable habitats resulted in the increase in the number of the carnivores. The survey started in 2019.
The survey was jointly organised by Wildlife Conservation Society of India, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, University of Florida in USA and Stanford University.
The number of wild dogs was found by extracting DNA from their excreta using a modern technology. Not many studies were conducted in India about these animals. The research team expects that the study report will help conserve the animals which face extinction threat.
Apart from Dr Arjun Srivathsa, Ryan G Rodrigues, Dr Kok Ben Toh, Dr Arun Zachariah, Dr Ryan W Taylor, Dr Madan K Oli and Prof Uma Ramakrishnan were part of the survey and study. The report was published in the international journal Biological Conservation.