Painted Dog Conservation

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Painted Dog Conservation
Painted Dog Conservation Logo.jpg
Type Non-profit Organization
Focus Conservation of painted dogs
Key people
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Painted Dog Conservation was founded in 1992 by Dr Greg Rasmussen,[1] for the protection of the painted dogs (Lycaon pictus) and their habitat. Painted Dog Conservation works to engage and incorporate local communities in protecting painted dogs in Zimbabwe. The painted dog, or African wild dog, was once common in Africa with estimates of over half a million spread among 39 countries. Current estimates put their numbers at about 3,000[2] only found in Tanzania, zambia Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.[3] Since PDC's creation, Zimbabwe's wild dog population has increased from 400 to 700 individuals.[4] Painted Dog Conservation is partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Network.[5]


Collars and road signs

Painted Dog Conservation uses catch-and-release techniques and places colored collars on the dogs to demonstrate to local ranchers that the dogs are few in numbers and have convinced many of them to not shoot at the dogs. The reflective collars combined with signs at key crossing areas have reduced road collisions by 50%.[6]

Anti-poaching units

Painted Dog Conservation has created anti-poaching units staffed by locals to provide protection, gather data and collect poaching snares.[7]

Snare wire art

The snares collected by the anti-poaching units are given to local community artists who turn them into animal sculptures. Through sales of these snare and other crafts they spread the conservation message of the painted dogs both to their own community and internationally.[8]


Painted Dog Conservation uses radio collars to collect information about pack movements. This information contributes to their relocation to predator-friendly areas and to expand their range when needed.[9]


A PDC rehabilitation facility is available for injured painted dogs until they can be re-release into the wild.[10]

Bush camp

Painted Dog Conservation holds a free environmental bush camp for local 6th-grade school children by local guides in hopes of inspiring them in conservation.[11]

Visitors center

Painted Dog Conservation's visitor center was completed in 2007. The center offers an education facility including a painted dog viewing platform.[12] and an interpretive hall.[13]


  1. ^ "Painted Dogs". Houston Zoo.
  2. ^ "Painted Dog Conservation". Tusk Trust.
  3. ^ "African Painted Dog". Perth Zoo.
  4. ^ "Painted Dog Conservation". Tusk Trust.
  5. ^ "Painted Dog Conservation". Wildlife Conservation Network.
  6. ^ "Painted Dog Conservation". Wildlife Conservation Network.
  7. ^ "Painted Dog Conservation". Predator Conservation Trust.
  8. ^ "Painted Dog Conservation". Tusk Trust.
  9. ^ "Painted Dog Conservation". Wildlife Conservation Network.
  10. ^ "Painted Dog Conservation Project". World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
  11. ^ "Our Projects; Community and Education - Painted Dog Conservation". David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
  12. ^ "Painted Dog Conservation". Trip Advisor.
  13. ^ "Painted Dog Conservation". Wildlife Conservation Network.

External links

  • Painted Dog Conservation
  • Painted Dog Conservation (UK)
  • Wildlife Conservation Network
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