We have released the Mpindo pack.

Our Executive Director, Peter Blinston, being advised by our research team decided we release the Mpindo pack today. The pack of 2 adult painted dogs named Snow-Tail and Jonathan and their 8 pups have been in our Rehabilitation Facility for the past 6 months. We rescued them end of June from a communal land where they had denned.

Peter Blinston briefing the team before the operation began

Peter Blinston briefing the team before the operation began

We all gathered up at the Rehab at around 7am for a briefing from Peter on how the capture operation was going to be carried out. Simple plan, lay out nets, drive the painted dogs to the net, get to them while they are still figuring out how to escape and call a vet to put them to sleep.

The team for the job

The team for the job

Among the team were PDC staff, John Lemon from Painted Dog Conservation Inc in Australia, 2 vets and some friends of PDC came together to carry out this operation.

The team swiftly and efficiently got all 8 pups and the 2 adults. We immobilised them and fitted the adults with collars.  

John Lemon holding down a pup before a Vet put it to sleep

John Lemon holding down a pup before a Vet put it to sleep

Snow-Tail, the alpha female, was fitted with a VHF collar, thanks to Wild Dogs MTB SA for donating one.

Snow-Tail being fitted with a VHF radio collar (thanks to Wild Dogs MTB SA)

Snow-Tail being fitted with a VHF radio collar (thanks to Wild Dogs MTB SA)

Jonathan, the alpha male, was fitted with GPS collar courtesy of Painted Dog Conservation UK.

Jonathan, alpha male, being fitted with a GPS collar, thanks to Painted Dog Conservation UK

Jonathan, alpha male, being fitted with a GPS collar, thanks to Painted Dog Conservation UK

Soon enough all the ten dogs were in the trailer and we took off to the place of release, called Jambili, inside Hwange National Park, far from the communal land and hopefully in the safety of the protected area.

Mpindo pack in the trailer before release (NB: some not caught in the camera)

Mpindo pack in the trailer before release (NB: some not caught in the camera)

We released the painted dogs at the Jambili pan. We believe the place has reasonable prey base and will help fast track the adaptation of the pack to their life back in the wild.

The team opens the trailer to release the Mpindo pack at Jambili pan

The team opens the trailer to release the Mpindo pack at Jambili pan

Jonathan was the first to get off the trailer

Jonathan was the first to get off the trailer

There goes Snow-Tail, off into the wild where she and her pack belong

There goes Snow-Tail, off into the wild where she and her pack belong

This is what Peter had to say about the whole operation of capturing and releasing the Mpindo pack today.  

Thank you all for all your efforts, support and kind words through this whole mission from the time we brought in the Mpindo pack to the time we released it. Success that you have helped us achieve and with your continued support we will continue to change lives.  Of both people and painted dogs.

Peter checking the signal of the collars on Jonathan and Snow-Tail after the release

Peter checking the signal of the collars on Jonathan and Snow-Tail after the release

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