In April 2018, the Gorongosa Project, in partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, released a pack of 14 Painted Wolves (sometimes called African Wild Dogs) into Gorongosa National Park, marking the return of this endangered species to the Park after an absence of more than 25 years, and signifying the first ever painted wolf introduction into Mozambique.
The original pack of 14 painted wolves has grown beyond expectation and there are now around 40 ‘mabecos’ in the Park. The alpha female ‘Beira’ produced a litter of 11 pups in April – after losing her first litter to an African python last year shortly after their reintroduction.
Surprisingly, the beta female, ‘Nhamagaia’, also produced a litter of eight, which the pack uncharacteristically accepted without any problems. Four of the original group split off from the main pack earlier this year and the lone female subsequently produced a litter of eight.
The Park introduced an additional pack of 15 painted wolves in October to swell the numbers of this apex predator.
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