We love our painted dogs at the Zoo and are partnering with people in Zimbabwe to protect them in the wild. In May of this year the Houston Zoo designed a sticker for Painted Dog Conservation to save wildlife in Zimbabwe. The sticker features a phone number that people can call to report any illegal wildlife activity or report on sightings of Painted dogs in the area. The message on the sticker is in the three local languages.
Dominic J. Nyathi, Conservation Clubs & Programs Coordinator of Painted Dog Conservation has reported that the community has been very excited about the stickers and the hotline calls are increasing as a result.
Here is their recent report.
“We had praises and appreciation on the language used from the Chief.
Last week, the volunteers found a snared antelope during their patrol and used the line to get in touch with the APU manager.
We have discovered a new pack in the forestry area that is near the communal land. People have called us to let us know of their presence.
We have also made some arrest through the hotline. A poacher was arrested through the tip from the line.
Another woman was also arrested when found selling some meat through the line. It was later discovered by the police that she got the meat from hunters.
We have also received some messages on wildlife crimes.
The stickers have been given to village heads to use them in their community meetings.
The stickers are doing great and all need them. Motorists also want them on their vehicle!”