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Apr 14, 2017
Read about how the protective collars we use are saving lives and the role our Rehabilitation Facility continues to play as well. Meanwhile our anti poaching units have already recovered 500 snares during 160 patrols so far this year.
Jan 31, 2017
The genome of the endangered African wild dog has been assembled de novo for the first time through a collaboration between Stanford University and PDC.
Jan 26, 2017
A year when we awarded our first scholarship and achieved a world first in high science.
Oct 5, 2016
Read about the successful efforts to save the life of an alpha female plus our struggles with the ongoing poaching.
Jul 8, 2016
The relentless pressure from poachers continues, but our determination and resolve remains intact.
Apr 26, 2016
As you know, PDC is all about changing lives and in this update you will read a story written by Lephias Muyuni, who has been part of our anti-poaching team since its inception in 2001.
Jan 28, 2016
An overview of the challenges and success stories from 2015.
Oct 2, 2015
More examples of how impactful our Bush Camp Program is and of course some happy dog news.
Jul 11, 2015
The Local Community take action to help save painted dogs.
Feb 6, 2015
Hoo Calls is the new name for our quarterly project update.
Dec 4, 2014
This latest update from PDC highlights the importance of collaring dogs and the importance of removing the collar.
Sep 5, 2014
This latest update from PDC features news on the pups born into the various packs
Jul 4, 2014
I am delighted to bring you our first proper e – newsletter
May 25, 2014

A Day in the life of………Jealous:Daily Monitoring of painted dogs in Hwange National Park

Apr 25, 2014

Peter and Jealous World Tour

Well not quite a World Tour, of course, but with 11 flights in 24 days it felt like it. The trip was perhaps more significant than ever before,

Jan 7, 2014

Kids Cameras Conservation

(KCC) is an innovative new programme that teaches children about the impact of conservation photography.


Dec 6, 2013

Makwandara Primary School is the newest school to be added to our free of charge Children’s Bush Camp programme. All because of a goat!

In my last update I told the story of dogs killing a goat. Rather than seeking compensation or

Sep 4, 2013

We recently received a report that painted dogs had killed a goat in a nearby village. This was not the first time we had received such a report, but

Jun 12, 2013

Ester: Alpha female of the Kutanga pack

“Jealous I’m tired. I’m actually falling asleep. I need you to drive

Apr 16, 2013

Conservation Clubs

Story 1

A Conservation Club is a group of local school children that share the same interest in conserving natural resources in their school grounds and the area surrounding their villages. Established in 2009,

Dec 22, 2012

Cochise was born into the Vundu pack of Mana Pools in June 2011.

He was one of a litter of nine. At the time he didn’t particularly stand

out from the rest of the pack, but today..

Oct 4, 2012
Jealous tells me that tracking the dogs is a hard life. I know it’s not easy, especially on those bitter cold winter mornings. But it’s not as tough as the dog’s life
Jul 6, 2012
5 Stories - Mana Pools, Wildlife Vets International., Of Dogs and Roads., Anti Poaching Breakthrough., Iganyana Children’s Bush Camp.
Apr 11, 2012
Xmas and I had seen Gaia and Aurora hunting on Friday morning
Feb 21, 2012

Gaia and Aurora Translocated to Gonarezhou National Park

It was hot, the humidity high, a line of sweat trickled

Dec 9, 2011

Safe and Sound.

 Aurora and Gaia, the two females that were missing, have been found and they are safe

Nov 9, 2011

A Dog’s Life

After the loss of Bullseye, we were concerned about the future of the Kutanga females.
Sep 10, 2011

The Ukusutha take another big step.

Jealous and I watched the Ukusutha pack feeding on an impala, rather like proud

Jul 14, 2011

Hopes and Expectations

May and June are possibly the two months of the year we look forward to the most. It’s denning...

May 12, 2011

The Ukusutha move one step closer to life back in the wild.

 Friday, April 29th was an unforgettable day. It was the day we moved the “pups”...

Apr 5, 2011

Some Room for Optimism?

We ended 2010 with some room for optimism given the reports coming in about new dogs

Dec 10, 2010

Monitoring dogs in Mana Pools.

November was a pivotal month for Painted Dog Conservation. After many years of trying,

Nov 14, 2010
The sound of the chase, fast feet racing by, the kill and eating noises were all unmistakable.
Sep 10, 2010

A dog’s life.

 We often marvel at the sociality of life as a painted dog and their caring nature

Sep 9, 2010

Starvation Island revisited

 I stood, rather pensive, watching the guys launch the boat

Jun 29, 2010

The challenges of raising pups in the wild.

 Our fears were confirmed when Greg and Ester walked into the den site.

May 14, 2010

Stability returns to the Kutanga pack.

"Shall we do it?" I asked Jealous.

May 13, 2010


Kutanga pack are giving us cause for concern.
Mar 14, 2010
Follow up from Painted Dog Conservation on dogs being taken from the wild.

The recent investigation film concerning the international trade in painted dogs raised
Jan 8, 2010

A phone call between Greg and I was enough and a quick decision was made to capture Sithule.

Nov 11, 2009

I find it hard, it’s hard to find words, which can adequately express the emotions we are feeling at this moment.

Oct 12, 2009

On August 28th, we released seven dogs from our Rehabilitation Facility into Hwange National Park. The relatively smooth operation was the culmination of many months of hard work, blood, sweat and tears.

Sep 23, 2009

Needle sharp teeth bit down on my thumb, causing me to jerk my hand back quickly. This was more of an instinctive reaction rather than caused by any real pain and with Jealous behind me laughing, I crawled forward on my stomach again, reaching further inside the den.

Aug 3, 2009

She hadn’t moved for over an hour. The white tip of her tail shone in the cold July air, but she did not move.

May 28, 2009

We heard the sound of the dog, caught in a snare and struggling for its life.

Apr 30, 2009

Exceptional rains have caused extensive flooding along the Zambezi River, which is now at its highest level in over fifty years.

Mar 31, 2009

The year seems to have got off to a flying start. Certainly for Greg and I, as we have both just completed another exhausting though rewarding trip to the USA, UK and Holland in an effort to raise much needed funds for the months ahead.

Dec 31, 2008

It's raining in Zimbabwe. Quite literally and the life giving water has brought a fresh flush of green to the desperately dry bush.

Nov 30, 2008

I often get asked what it is like to be living in Zimbabwe right now.

Oct 30, 2008

I glanced out of the window as the plane came into land. The sky was filled with ominously dark thunderclouds and the impending storm seemed symbolic of what lay ahead for me.

Sep 28, 2008

Jealous and I returned from our trip to Tanzania determined to track down our local packs in Hwange.

Aug 24, 2008
We made our camp knowing that the lions must have been close by...
Jun 29, 2008
June saw Jealous and I making yet another trip to Starvation island to check on the welfare of the three remaining dogs.
May 23, 2008
Edward Muchuchuti spent 18 years at Tashinga, the National Parks base adjacent to Starvation Island, before he retired in 2006.
Apr 29, 2008
In December 2007 I wrote about the adventures of Jealous and I on Starvation Island, more specifically our misadventures with boats.
Nov 29, 2007
Jealous and I returned to Starvation Island again in November to check on the progress of the five dogs we released in August.
Oct 30, 2007
The Five dogs we released onto Starvation Island are hunting successfully. It's an understatement to say that this has come as a great relief to us, as our concern was growing due to their apparent lack of interest let alone effort in trying to hunt.
Aug 30, 2007

Five dogs have just been released onto Starvation Island as the first step in their rehabilitation to a truly wild state.

Jul 31, 2007

The radio by my bedside crackled into life.

"Peter, Peter, Jealous, do you copy". "Peter this is Jealous, can you hear me"?

Mar 28, 2007

Sometimes in Rains. Not in the real sense of welcome nourishment for the parched landscape, but in the sense of a seemingly relentless onslaught to our emotions, as our lives are intrinsically intertwined with those of our beloved dogs.

Feb 27, 2007
February proved to be a hectic month on a project and personal level.
Jan 31, 2007

Arguably the most significant event to take place, in the struggle against the relentless tide of poaching, since we set up the first professional anti poaching unit in 2001, occurred this month. It was named "Operation Bush Buck".