“The purpose of Painted Dog Conservation is to create an environment where the African wild dogs can thrive. We do this by focussing on changing lives; one life at a time, one day at a time. That can be a child who attends our world class children’s Bush Camp programme, who suitably inspired has poachers arrested in her village and who goes on to take up a career as an environmental journalist, writing provocative stories about the conservation challenges we face. Or it can be the life of an African wild dog puppy, orphaned after poachers killed the rest of the pack. An orphan that we raise in our rehabilitation facility and then release back into the wild for her to become and alpha female and produce more than 50 pups of her own.

The challenges we face on a daily basis are great and seemingly never ending. However our wide ranging Education and Community Development programmes are having an impact and we have reached a tipping point where peoples’ attitudes have changed and we are seeing the necessary behavioural change that will make a lasting difference to our conservation efforts and the wildlife around us. Impoverished local villagers accepting the predation of a goat as an insignificant loss when compared to the benefits they receive from Painted Dog Conservation, from the African wild dogs themselves. A forty-strong volunteer anti-poaching unit established after an African wild dog was found dead in a snare near their village.

Such decisive action goes a long way to creating that desired for environment where the African wild dogs can thrive. And if the African wild dogs are thriving you can be assured that there is balance in the ecosystem and thus all species are thriving.”

Peter Blinston
Executive Director
Painted Dog Conservation