Evidence and Awareness

Published: 02 November 2022
Last edited: 23 November 2022

As part of the conservation strategy, government agencies, protected area managers and local communities are informed of the threat imposed by diseases on the wolves and how to minimise it, leading to stakeholders becoming more actively engaged in controlling disease risks. The conservation strategy is based on and contributes to the scientific evidence base for canid conservation and disease management. The awareness focus of the initiative ensures community members understand why domestic dog vaccination is important and the value of reporting disease observations. 


Alliance and partnership development
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution

Enabling factors

Coordination with government partners and other stakeholders ensures ongoing exchange of information. Everyone is aware of the threats faced by the wolves and shares the common goal of protecting them. Community members play important stewardship roles, including as wolf ambassadors and community guards. 

Lessons learned

The vaccination of wolves was a novel approach in the continent. Knowledge exchange with government partners and national and international disease experts ensured the latest scientific guidance was available and considered in decisions important to the survival of wolf populations and the species. EWCP’s approach is informing best practices for disease management in conservation. 

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