Tico McNutt

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John Weldon McNutt
Known for Conservationist, Conservation biologist

John McNutt, known as Tico McNutt, started the Wild Dog Research Project [1] in 1989, his research in that field has been supported in part by the National Geographic Society. He received a doctorate in animal behaviour from the University of California in 1995. .[1] At the time he founded the Botswana Wild Dog Research Project little was known about the biology of the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus), though it was believed to be one of the most endangered canine species. Since then, Tico has followed many wild dog packs in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, eventually expanding his studies to include all major predators in the region.[2]

McNutt is co-author of the book Running Wild: Dispelling the Myths of the African Wild Dog[3]


  1. ^ Marshall, Leon (11 March 2004). "Wild Dog Urine May Be Used as "Fences" in Africa". National Geographic News. 
  2. ^ "Good Dogs, Bad Dogs: African Wild Dogs in Developing Rural Africa". Houston Zoo. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  3. ^ McNutt, John; et al. Running Wild: Dispelling the Myths of the African Wild Dog. Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 149. ISBN 1-56098-717-0. 

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