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Drawing by John Rainbird : www.johnjrainbird.com.au
AFRICAN WILD DOG
“Suddenly they were there, lean, ghost-like shapes in the moonlight with Mickey Mouse ears; wearing their dappled coats of black, tan and gold, like ink spots on blotting paper.”
— AN EXTRACT FROM 'SHADOWS IN THE FOREST' BY CD MCCLELLAND
Also known as the painted hunting dog, painted wolf, African hunting dog,
Cape hunting dog or African painted dog
The African Wild Dog is a medium sized species of canine found across sub-Saharan Africa. The African Wild Dog is most easily identified from both domestic and other wild Dogs by their brightly mottled fur, with its name in Latin aptly meaning painted wolf
Scientific name: Lycaon pictus
Conservation status: Endangered (Population decreasing)
Mass: 22 kg (Adult) Encyclopedia of Life
Trophic level: Carnivorous Encyclopedia of Life
In African Wild Dog packs, there is usually only one breeding pair, which are the dominant male and female members.
7.5 - 8 CM
Painted dogs are one of the most endangered species in the whole of Africa.
Fewer than 7,000 painted dogs are left across the entire continent.
PAINTED DOG CONSERVATION (PDC) IS A NON-PROFIT MAKING ORGANISATION REGISTERED IN ZIMBABWE AS A PRIVATE VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION
Our mission is to create an environment where painted dogs can thrive.
How are we trying to do this?
We have put together a conservation model that will really work in the long term, and make a significant difference to the painted dog population in Zimbabwe. We employ more than 60 people from the local villages to run our conservation programs and run our education and outreach programs.
These efforts span everything from our Anti-Poaching Unit team which patrol local areas daily to provide a direct form of protection for the dogs, we run our Rehabilitation Facility where we treat injured and orphaned dogs before returning them to the wild.
We monitor more than 6 packs of painted dogs on a daily basis across Hwange National Park.