Protecting Painted Dogs

by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Protecting Painted Dogs
Protecting Painted Dogs
Protecting Painted Dogs
Protecting Painted Dogs
Protecting Painted Dogs
Protecting Painted Dogs
Protecting Painted Dogs
Protecting Painted Dogs

2017-2018 Conservation Update

Painted dogs are one of Africa's most endangered yet least understood animals. Hugely vulnerable to human encroachment and agricultural expansion, painted dog habitats have rapidly reduced pushing them into conflict with humans. David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation help to protect painted dogs by funding immersive educational bush camps, alongside anti-poaching and dog protection teams, working on the front line of species protection and community engagement.

Painted Dog Conservation Updates 2017-2018

Zimbabwe 

  • In the fight to protect Zimbabwe’s painted dogs, DSWF funding enabled more than 200 anti-poaching patrols to be conducted in Hwange National Park. These patrols covered 20,000km over 4,700 hours and recovered over 2,000 snares, which are the largest threat to wild dog populations in the area.
  • In the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, our funding enabled 550 children from 21 primary schools to attend a Bush Camp. The parents of one of the children have now established their own anti-poaching unit, which patrols the forests around their village to remove illegal snares. This emphasises the impact of the workshops on both the children and parents alike. 
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Credit: Vuk Valcic | Painted Dog Conservation
Credit: Vuk Valcic | Painted Dog Conservation

Thanks to your help, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) is able to support the protection of painted dogs in Zimbabwe.

A much-overlooked species, painted dogs are one of the most persecuted animals in their habitats. Their existence isn't globally known, let alone the threats they face as one of our planet's most highly endangered hunters.

Specifically, DSWF supports Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) in Zimbabwe, working to protect these fascinating creatures and educate local communities about their plight.

Back in July, we reported that a pack of eight pups and two adults was rescued and taken into PDC's rehabilitation facility.

We're now delighted to report that the pack has been successfully released back into the wild, where they belong.

In December, when the family was deemed ready for release, the dogs were safely caught, anaesthetised by a specialist vet, and the adults were fitted with tracking collars.

All ten dogs were transported in a trailer for release safely inside the protected area of Hwange National Park, far away from the communal land where they were originally found.

Peter Blinston, PDC's Executive Director, said: "We released the painted dogs at the Jambili pan. We believe this place has reasonable prey base and will help fast-track the adaptation of the pack to their life back in the wild."

Painted dogs have a large home range and it's very likely that they will move on from the release site to establish their own territories. The tracking collars fitted on the adult dogs will allow the PDC team to follow the pack's progress.

DSWF funds PDC’s work with communities in Zimbabwe to conserve the species in one of its last strongholds. DSWF funds vital anti-poaching work and education programmes to encourage tolerance for the dogs from local communities and land owners. 

Look out for our future updates on how YOUR donations are helping to save this endangered species.

Click here to find out more about our work protecting painted dogs.

Image credit: Painted Dog Conservation.
Image credit: Painted Dog Conservation.
Image credit: Painted Dog Conservation.
Image credit: Painted Dog Conservation.
Image credit: Painted Dog Conservation.
Image credit: Painted Dog Conservation.

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Painted dog. Image credit: Nicholas Dyer.
Painted dog. Image credit: Nicholas Dyer.

Painted dogs are a much overlooked species, yet they are one of the most persecuted. Few people even know they exist, let alone know of the threats they face as one of our planet’s most highly endangered hunters.

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) supports Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) in Zimbabwe, which is working to protect these fascinating creatures and educate local communities about their plight.

Now PDC has joined forces with top wildlife photographer Nicholas Dyer to publish a stunning coffee table book, packed with breath-taking images and wonderful tales about painted dogs – also known as painted wolves or African wild dogs.

Six years in the making, ‘Painted Wolves: A Wild Dog’s Life’ is the most comprehensive book on the species ever produced and all profits will support their conservation.

Your donations have helped DSWF support the publication of this unique book. We are proud to back this wonderful way of shining a light on this endearing species – the world needs to know about painted dogs!

A video has been put together to give viewers a taste of some of the eye-catching imagery and special moments captured in the book. It includes a commentary by the photographer Nicholas Dyer himself.

You can view the video, find out more, support the conservation campaign and buy a copy of this beautiful book of photographs and stories here.

Let’s spread the word and help protect these intelligent and playful creatures!

DSWF funds PDC’s work with communities in Zimbabwe to conserve the species in one of its last strongholds. DSWF funds vital anti-poaching work and education programmes to encourage tolerance for the dogs from local communities and land owners. 

Look out for our future updates on how YOUR donations are helping to save this endangered species.

Click here to find out more about our work protecting painted dogs.

 

'Painted Wolves: A Wild Dog's Life'.
'Painted Wolves: A Wild Dog's Life'.

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Painted dog puppy rescue
Painted dog puppy rescue

Eight tiny painted dog puppies were rescued by our partners in Zimbabwe, after they carried out a challenging mission to dig the family out of their den - deep underground. 

The team at the DSWF funded Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) were called out to save the pups, after disgruntled villagers in Phindo reported that the adults had been killing their livestock.

The PDC rescue workers located the den and laid traps for the parents overnight. As dawn broke, the team set about digging down through seven metres of earth to reach the pups, which were brought to safety.

The eight three-week-old pups are now settling into their new temporary home at the PDC centre. The family will stay there for three to four months, before the process begins of returning them to the wild where they belong.

This is a fantastic success story and thanks in part to your on-going commitment to saving painted dogs – thank you!

Painted dogs – or African wild dogs - are unique to Africa and are among the continent's most endangered species. Fewer than 3-5,000 of the animals survive in viable populations in just four countries. Since the PDC project began in 1992, dog numbers have risen from 400 to approximately 750 in Zimbabwe today.

DSWF funds PDC’s work with communities in Zimbabwe to conserve the species in one of its last strongholds. DSWF funds vital anti-poaching work and education programmes to encourage tolerance for the dogs from local communities and land owners. 

Look out for our future updates on how YOUR donations are helping to save this endangered species.

Click here to find out more about our work protecting painted dogs.

Painted dog puppies rescued from den
Painted dog puppies rescued from den
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Over the last year we have seen the introduction of two new German Shepherd dogs to assist with the anti-poaching effort, celebrated the 14th year of the DSWF supported Children's Bush camp and seen the first female anti-poaching scouts join the team! 

The anti-poaching unit has completed yet another lifesaving year collecting more than 2,5000 snares, patrolling 19,500KM in 6, 500 hours and arrested 14 poachers. The removal fo these snares alone saved the lives of more than 250 animals, knowing from experience, that approximately 10% snares set have a fatal impact. 

In it's 14th anniversary, the Children's Bush Camp has had another busy year reaching 830 children from 28 local schools. Since its inception in 2001, over 12,000 children from eh local communities have visited Painted Dog Conservation. Berlinda, one of the new female anti-poaching scouts, attended the camp when she was eleven years old and is now a full time employee - evidence of the camps conservation success! 

We could not have done any of the above without your help, thank you for your continued support and celebrating our success! 

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