This species is considered endangered in Africa although they are still moderately abundant in Botswana and the Zambezi valley.
Field studies have shown that the wild dog is a highly intelligent and social animal.
Like most predators, it plays an important role in eliminating sick and weak animals, thereby helping maintain a natural balance and ultimately improving prey species.
Wild Dogs are undeservedly perceived as voracious killers of game and livestock. The stereotype of the wild dog as a cruel butcher is slowly being replaced by a less harsh image.