Celebrating 20 years saving painted dogs together.
The Ngamo Rescue: In Phindo
On their 20th anniversary of working with PDC and saving painted dogs, Peter Blinston, our Executive Director come painted dog expert, and the experienced Jealous Mpofu our Chief Tracker are doing what they love and one of the most critical exercise in the field they met, saving painted dogs.
We received news of two unknown painted dogs that are denning in a communal land in Phindo, 20 km past Ngamo village along the railway line. The two dogs pack is reported to be hunting down and killing local people's goats in Phindo which has triggered the community to report the issue to us and Zimparks.
Zimparks have since instructed us to move the dogs from the area and our team is now on the ground trying to trap and capture the dogs for possible relocation to a safe area. On the ground in Phindo right now is Peter Blinston, Jealous Mpofu, scouts from our anti-poaching team led by Enock Zulu their supervisor and our APU's longest serving scout Lephius Muyuni.
It's a very volatile situation with an unknown outcome, the team has reported that it's almost impossible to dart these dogs because they are too shy and impossible to get close enough to, which is typical of painted dogs living in communal lands. Capturing and moving the dogs is how we can save them, locals have threatened to kill the dogs.
More details to follow...