The African wild dog is no ordinary dog. Did you know that the African wild dog is also known as the painted dog? If you sat at your computer today thinking "I want to help save wild animals today" or maybe you sat through one of those tear jerking ASPCA ads and thought "I want to help a dog" then you've come to the right place.... Because the african wild dog is a combination of the two. The endangered African wild dog are unique to Africa and they are among this continent's most endangered species. It is estimated that less than 7,000 remain in the wild. We've teamed up with The Painted Dogs Conservation conservation whose methods and work with the local communities are beginning to have a positive effect on the outlook of the Painted Dog species.
African wild dog information ........
The African wild dog is classified as endangered, as it has disappeared from much of its original range. The decline of these populations is ongoing, due to habitat fragmentation, human persecution, and disease outbreaks.
The African wild dog is a highly social animal, living in packs with separate dominance hierarchies for males and females. Uniquely among social carnivores, it is the females rather than the males that scatter from the natal pack once sexually mature, and the young are allowed to feed first on carcasses. The species is a specialised hunter of antelopes, which it catches by chasing them to exhaustion. Like other canids, it regurgitates food for its young, but this action is also extended to adults, to the point of being the bedrock of African wild dog social life. It has few natural predators like Lions and spotted hyenas.
Painted Dog Conservation mission is to protect and increase the range and numbers of Painted Dogs in Zimbabwe. PDC was originally established as Painted Dog Research in 1992 by Gregory Rasmussen.
Unfortunately The Painted Dogs Conservation vehicle was involved in an accident recently and thats why we are here to help! Thankfully the two staff members walked away with only minor injuries.
However, the accident compromises their operations as the vehicle is a write off. It was used for tracking painted dogs and also deploying anti poaching. We are writing this blog to raise awareness for the african wild dog but also to help try and source funds to help The Painted Dogs Conservation get back on their feet and help these beautiful creatures strive. If conserving the wildlife of africa is important for you then please click on this link here HELP THEM
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