Painted dogs are one of the most endangered species in the whole of Africa. 

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Fewer than 7,000 painted dogs are left across the entire continent. 

They may not be as famous as their trunked, horned, or maned neighbours, but these painted dogs —also known as African wild or hunting dogs—are beautiful, unique, and fascinating social animals. 

Painted dogs are native to Africa, and aren’t found in the wild anywhere else on the planet. They live in small pockets across a handful of countries including Zimbabwe, the home of Painted Dog Conservation. There are roughly 700 painted dogs here, and we work with local populations of both humans and dogs—via conservation, education, and outreach programs—to help them not only survive here, but thrive.

In Zimbabwe, painted dogs are protected under the following Statutory Instruments (SI):

SI 80 of 2004 of the Parks and Wildlife Act,

SI 56 and 57 of 2012 of the Parks and Wildlife Act

which makes it illegal to hunt or trap painted dogs and set out a US$5,000 fine payable for contravening.


An introduction to Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) by Peter Blinston, PDC Executive Director. Saving the painted dog is our mission.

The threats are many. Loss of quality habitat and poaching represent the biggest problems. Unless we take action to address these threats, painted dogs will become extinct in our lifetime.
— Peter Blinston, PDC Executive Director


Mother knows best:
Painted dogs live in matriarchal societies, with packs of up to 30 members all answering to an alpha female.