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Detection dog survey of the Greater Liuwa Ecosystem. The project was funded by National Geographic's Big Cat Initiave and WWF. The work was a pilot study aimed at both evaluating the utility of detection dogs in surveys of cheetah and wild dog in remote and difficult survey areas, as well as in surveying Liuwa Plains National Park in Zambia for these important and elusive carnivore species.

Highly trained dogs specializing in locating scat of cheetah and wild dog were tasked with scouring approximately 2600km2  in the northwestern portion of Liuwa Plains, up to the border with Angola, for the scat of these carnivore species. Analyses of the genetic and survey data will provide the team with a more complete picture of the population and the factors affecting their presence in this key population.

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