The Greater Mapungubwe Transfortier Conservation Area (GMFTCA) is a joined conservation area across three borders. The GMTFCA measures approximately 4,872 km2 in extent, of which 1,350 km2 (28%) is in Botswana, 2,561 km2 (53%) is in South Africa and 960 km2 (19%) is in Zimbabwe. South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe are now closely co-operating on wildlife and environmental issues in which the most important aspect is to support free migration of animals in this area. Most of our Green Dog projects take place in and around the GMTFCA. However, with our Conservation Detection Dogs we also cover ground in other parts of South Africa and Zambia. We will be surveying the whole of the GMTFCA with our Conservation Detection Dogs this year. The GMTFCA is a very interesting area where there is free movement of animals from one country to another. However, opening borders for animals is not always easy and not all three countries always agree on the same things. Green Dogs Conservation will try to assist in researching this area in order to give advice and recommendations to the GMTFCA board and we hope to improve the cross-border cooperation between the countries by open sharing of collected data.
Our Livestock Guardian Dogs are also operating in this area. Free-roaming Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs and Hyaenas move across farmlands which causes problems with livestock and farmers. These large carnivores risk to get shot or caught in traps. Since, there is free migration of these animals between South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, it is important to maintain these animals as they have a significant importance in the overall gene pool. Therefore, Green Dogs Conservation is working hard to collaborate with local farmers and support them with Livestock Guardian dogs which will prevent stock losses and deaths of large carnivores. However, the GMTFCA is not the only area where our dogs are active. The dogs have been placed all over South Africa in areas where carnivores and farmers live together and have to share land. The projects are very successful and of course we hope to extent this project across borders into other countries in Africa where this human-wildlife conflict exists.
Besides working and operating in the Greater Mapungubwe TFCA, Green Dogs Conservation works on projects as far as Zambia to the North and Western Cape to the South. Depending on where our dogs will be needed, we are able to transport them to different areas across southern Africa and beyond.
The GMTFCA confluence with the Shashe and Limpopo river - Left: Botswana, Right: Zimbabwe, Bottom: South Africa.