How to help The Painted Wolf


The African wild dog (also known as painted wolves) are one of the most endangered species in the whole of Africa. There is only an estimated 7,000 wild dog habitat left in entire continent.

They may not be as famous as their trunked, horned, or maned neighbors, but these painted dogs —also known as African wild or hunting dogs—are beautiful, unique, and fascinating social animals. 

You’d be forgiven for confusing these mottled, big-eared animals for hyenas—but they’re distinctly different creatures. While hyenas are more closely related to cats, painted dogs share a distant common ancestor with wolves and, as their name suggests, domestic dogs.

Heres some more African Wild Dog Information: They’re extremely social, have strong family bonds (as you may have seen on David Attenborough’s program “Dynasties”, they spend most of their time together, and take care of one another’s pups, take care of each other and if a painted dog becomes ill or injured, their pack-mates rally round to care for them. The African Wild Dog is a truly amazing creature!


African Wild Dog threats come from humans. The painted dogs are injured and killed in snares, road kills and expanding human settlement reduces suitable habitat for them and their prey. 

If you want to travel around Africa and visit a wild dog conservation then The Painted Dog Conservation in famous Hwange Park is the place to see them wild and protected. Highly recommended as one of the most unique points of interest and can be added to make the best African safari holiday you’ve ever experienced!

They need your help! Time is running out since there are only 7000 African wild dogs still left in the wild. Our partners ‘The Painted Dog Conservation’ rely entirely on the generosity supporters to continue their work in Zimbabwe. If, like us, you’ve fallen in love with the painted dog and want to help protect the species, please help them! If you can travel through Africa to meet them then a donation of any kind will help them. HERE is how to donate :)

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