Painted Dog Conservation

© Painted Dog Conservation / Peter Blinston

Painted Dog Conservation

Dete, Zimbabwe

Painted dogs (lycaon pictus), also known as African wild dogs or painted wolves are one of the most endangered predators in Africa with less than 7,000 believed to be left in the wild. They can now only be found in small pockets of Africa, with one of the last strongholds being in Zimbabwe.

Founded in the mid 1990’s off the back of scientific research being carried out in Hwange National Park, Painted Dog Conservation not only monitors packs of painted dogs across Zimbabwe, it also offers an education programme and has rehabilitation facilities for injured dogs.

Snare wires are one of the main reasons why painted dogs get injured. Whilst not put out to catch them, snares don’t discriminate against what gets caught in them. Anti-snare collars can help save the life of a dog. Not only do they protect the neck area of the dog but the barbs on it can, in some cases, cut through the snare to help release them from its grasp. Each collar costs around £600 – but for the dog it goes on, it’s invaluable in protecting their survival.

With your support we are helping Painted Dog Conservation continue their important work in rescuing and rehabilitating painted dogs that have come to harm – mainly due to conflict with humans and increase the dogs wearing protective collars.

Please donate now to help us support the vital work of Painted Dog Conservation.

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