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"This is a poor country. It's not whether the people get 3 meals a day or whether they get 7 meals a week. And everything has a knock-on effect. The Painted Dog Conservation's new bore holes in turn allow for new gardens, food. Likewise, the Interpretive Hall brings the community a very real sense of pride."

Peter Blinston
Managing Director, Painted Dog Conservation

Tourism is a subtle component that will improve the lives of both wild and human communities. In August, 2007, the Interpretive Hall opened to advance knowledge about the dogs and allow financial support to PDC goals. The opportunities for staff, artisans, schools, and suppliers are steadily providing local support.

This facility raises awareness of the plight of Painted Dogs and also promotes Hwange National Park as one of their last remaining refuges. The Painted Dog Interpretative Hall teaches tourists and locals about the natural history of the dogs and the Hwange ecosystem to which they belong. An impressive series of seven large paintings illustrate the story of one particular dog's (Eyespot) life and the obstacles he encounters.

Venturing out from the Hall to the Interpretive Walkway and trail system, visitors can wander through two enormous enclosures that house Painted Dogs from the adjacent Rehabilitation Facility. Exploring the teak woodlands and studying the extensive series of interpretative trail signs give visitors field-study experiences with Painted Dogs and the ecosystem they need to survive.

The Interpretive Hall is also a place for locals to understand the worldwide draw of the Painted Dog. Visitors comment that they feel pride they had never known. As part of the segue between the work of the PDC and the needs of the community, the Interpretive Hall raises funds for the Children's Bush Camp Program through solicited donations and gift shop sales.