We are back from Zambia and what a trip it was! Liuwa Plains is an unbelievably beautiful National Park in Western Zambia and worked both inside the park boundary and in the Upper West Zambezi Game Management Area up to the border with Angola. We were on the project with Working Dogs for Conservation and the Zambian Carnivore Programme, with sponsorship coming from National Geographics Big Cat Initiative and WWF Zambia. Faust's food is kindly sponsored by Eukanuba through the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Livestock Guardian Dog Programme.
With only about 400 visitors per year Liuwa Plains is a very remote park that is difficult to access, and the camping is as off the beaten track as it comes.
The dogs did so well,even though the condtions were tough and the dung beetles were often beating us to the scats. The dogs' motivation and work ethic was excellent and they kept going and did a tremendous job. The wildlife in Liuwa is prolific, but the dogs kept their focus and worked past Oribi, herds of hundreds of Wildebeest and Zebras, and even Spotted Hyeanas on several occasions. I'll be writing about different aspects of the trip in the next few days. Watch this space!