Painted Dog ConservationThe Houston Zoo loves its painted dogs and wants to do everything we can to protect them in the wild. The Houston Zoo supports painted dog protection efforts in Africa through:
- Painted Dog Conservation –Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe works to save the endangered painted dog through anti-poaching units, rehabilitation of injured painted dogs, re-introduction of these dogs into the wild, monitoring of wild painted dog packs, and education of local communities living near this wildlife.
- We provide vital financial support to painted dog conservation programs which enable community members to conduct anti-poaching efforts, rehab injured dogs, reintroduce dogs into the wild, monitor packs and carry out education programs.
- Our Veterinary Clinic staff designed and implemented a training program for Zimbabwean staff to learn veterinary procedures and use medical equipment to assist injured painted dogs in the area.
- Our Facilities staff is creating a radio collar for researchers to use on wild painted dogs. These collars collect valuable data about the painted dogs’ movement patterns, as well as protect them from harmful snare wire. This staff has also assisted in building water catchment systems and livestock dipping stations in the villages in Zimbabwe
- Houston Zoo provided agricultural improvement training for community members in Zimbabwe and enhanced educational programs provided at Painted Dog Conservation.
- We sell snare wire art in our zoo gift shop and at special events. This artwork is made by local communities in Zimbabwe which remove the harmful snare, which hurts animals like painted dogs, create artwork out of the wire and sell the products to create awareness and raise funds for the conservation of painted dogs.
- Houston Zoo staff has had special exchanges with Painted Dog Conservation staff to share their techniques and expertise in an effort to protect painted dogs in the wild.
- Provide support for Painted Dog Conservation employees to attend conferences, educational courses and trainings.
How You Can Help
- Be a hero; purchase a piece of snare wire art from the zoo which directly contributes to conservation efforts of the species in Zimbabwe!
- Visit the Zoo! Every time you visit the Houston Zoo, you help save animals in the wild.
- Learn more about the wildlife protection projects we support and donate to help save painted dogs in the wild.
- Friend the Houston Zoo Wildlife Conservation Facebook Page for updates on saving animals in the wild.