A study by TwoCan Conservation shows that Mozambique has a population of approximately 600 adult mabecos, of which between 300 and 350 have their habitat in the Niassa National Reserve.
Remember that the African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus) is the emblematic animal of the Niassa National Reserve (printed on its logo) and is a species of canid found only on the African continent, especially in savannah and lightly wooded areas. They are cunning predators that live and hunt in packs of up to 40 individuals. They are fast animals, capable of reaching more than 70 km / h in a race, but vulnerable to competition with other larger predators (lions) and, mainly, habitat loss due to fragmentation. The reduction of natural areas puts the species in contact with humans, who kill them by entering cultivated areas or accidentally run over them, as well as domestic animals, which exposes them to viral diseases such as rabies and distemper. For these reasons and the declining population of mabecos, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species classifies the species as "Endangered".