John Ball Zoo

Maun Animal Welfare Society


This project aims to prevent the transference of the fatal canine distemper virus (CDV) to African Wild Dogs. The vast majority of domestic dogs in Botswana live within unfenced properties and roam freely in search of food. With no sterilization, uncontrolled breeding perpetuates the cycle of disease, illness and its ease of transference. Over the past 30 years CDV has made the jump from domestic animals to a wide range of hosts including the African Wild Dog. With only an estimated 3,000 animals left in Botswana (5,000 worldwide). MAWS aims to vaccinate 70% of dogs (3,000-4,000) surrounding the Okavango Delta, creating a ring fence of vaccinated dogs as a barrier to stop the disease from spreading.