Africa's Painted Dog, Lycaon pictus also called African Wild Dogs are critically endangered. Numbers are so low in some countries, or now non-existent, and urgent conservation action has to be taken, and is by several organisations.
Back in July I wrote about our family's rescue mutt Lilly, and how we had also ' adopted' a Wild Dog pup My family's new dog. at Naankuse a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre in Namibia, where our family had volunteered in 2009. Naankuse in June had just taken in 14 young pups from a den on farmland in the Maketti strip where they would face persecution, and adopting pups was one way of raising funds for their keep.
As a volunteer project I wholeheartedly endorse Naankuse for their efforts in wildlife conservation, and in the support by way of health, employment and housing for several San Bushman families, and education for their children. We have been following progress with the raising of these 14 pups since they were first taken in by Naankuse. As Namibia's Wild Dog population is estimated to be less than 200, taking 14 pups in, may prove their best chance for survival, and for establishing a breeding program. Now let's get this straight, Naankuse do not breed wildlife in captivity. All cats there, lions, cheetah, leopard, caracal are rescued and rehabilitated back into wild areas away from population centres or farms, or if that cannot be achieved, then they are given huge enclosures to live out their lives. It certainly is not set up to be a petting zoo. But you can view the retained animals.
With these wild dogs, there is a chance a successful breed and release program could be started as a first stage in arresting the decline of this magnificent animal. Volunteers celebrated the transfer of the pack into their newly erected large enclosure. But first they had to be lured into cages for transport to the enclosure and then released.
I'm a fan of these wonderful Painted dogs as we have one ourselves. Just a shelter rescue mutt, but she's my friend each day at work where we trot off together each day. She'll howl along to Dolly Parton or Emmylou Harris yodelling , and bark to let me know if clients approach.
Spot the difference-