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Updated ranges of the Vulnerable cheetah and Endangered African wild dog in Angola

  • Pedro Monterroso (a1), Filipe Rocha (a1), Stefan van Wyk (a2), Telmo António (a3), Milcíades Chicomo (a3), Selma Kosmas (a1), Fernanda Lages (a3), Ezequiel Fabiano (a4) and Raquel Godinho (a1)...

Abstract

The civil unrest that ravaged Angola for nearly 30 years took a heavy toll on the country's wildlife, and led to a lengthy absence of reliable information for many threatened species, including the cheetah Acinonyx jubatus and African wild dog Lycaon pictus. Using camera trapping we assessed the status of these two species in two areas of southern Angola, and complemented our findings by reviewing recent survey reports and observations to provide an update on the species' status. We found unequivocal evidence that African wild dogs are resident and reproducing in Bicuar National Park, where cheetahs appear to be absent. Conversely, cheetahs may be resident in western Cuando Cubango province, where African wild dogs may only be transient. Based on these and other recent records in Angola, we recommend a revision of these species' distribution ranges and note the need for monitoring of these remnant populations and for appropriate attention to any threats.

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(Corresponding author) E-mail pmonterroso@cibio.up.pt

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Also at: Departamento de Biologia, Faculdade de Ciências, Porto, Portugal

Also at: Department of Wildlife Management and Ecotourism, University of Namibia, Katima Mulilo, Namibia

Also at: Department of Zoology, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

Supplementary material for this article is available at doi.org/10.1017/S0030605319000966

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Updated ranges of the Vulnerable cheetah and Endangered African wild dog in Angola

  • Pedro Monterroso (a1), Filipe Rocha (a1), Stefan van Wyk (a2), Telmo António (a3), Milcíades Chicomo (a3), Selma Kosmas (a1), Fernanda Lages (a3), Ezequiel Fabiano (a4) and Raquel Godinho (a1)...

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