Painted Dog Conservation

2016 Successes:

  • 900 children visited bush camp to learn about painted dogs
  • Painted Dog Conservation was invited by the Ministry of Education to present on their programs at a STEM initiative
  • 11 animals were rescued from wire traps and 89 poachers apprehended
  • Anti-poaching teams spent more than 4,000 hours on patrol, collecting 1,100 snares and 12,784 wire traps. When the anti-poaching teams collect these, it means one less threat to painted dogs.

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. Painted Dog population in has doubled in the past 10 years in the area we support conservation efforts.

How the Houston Zoo helps:

  • 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 has assisted with creating a tracking 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 traps set by poachers. Our 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.

Donate now to help painted dogs in the wild:


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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 Facebook Page for updates on saving animals in the wild.
  • Friend Painted Dog Conservation on Facebook to stay informed and share their success!