Painted Dogs – One of Africa’s most Endangered Mammals
The greatest threats to painted dog populations across Africa are humans and our ever-growing environmental footprint.
Painted dogs are hugely vulnerable to human encroachment and agricultural expansion resulting in habitat fragmentation and increased conflict with human populations. With shrinking habitats and increasingly unsafe protected areas for the painted dog to thrive, population estimates are declining. Only 6,500 Painted Dogs remain across Africa in 39 sub-populations.
Increased exposure to human settlements and domestic animals increases pack susceptibility to viral diseases, such as rabies and canine distemper, which can wipe out whole packs in one go, further threatening the survival of the African painted dog.
Why are Painted Dogs Endangered?
DSWF Working to Protect Painted Dogs
The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) is helping to protect painted dogs in Zimbabwe. For over 20 years we’ve been funding immersive educational bush camps, alongside anti-poaching and dog protection teams, working on the front line of species protection and community engagement.
Through positive interaction with rural communities and children in Zimbabwe, built on ongoing support from DSWF, the painted dog remains a symbol of strength, unity and perseverance within the area.
Painted Dog Conservation and Protection in Zimbabwe
How to Help Painted Dogs
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