Painted Dog Conservation
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Painted Dog Conservation was founded in 1992 for the protection of the painted dogs and their habitat. Painted Dog Conservation works to engage and incorporate local communities in protecting painted dogs in Zimbabwe. It is in Matabeleland North Province. The conservation hosts local, regional and international visitors to have a grasp of the diverse and natural environment. It is a non-profit organisation which also rehabilitates painted dogs.

Location / Contacts

Painted Dog Conservation, PO Box 72, Dete.
Telephone: +263 (0)772 162 852.


Around a century ago, there were roughly half a million painted dogs in Africa. Fewer than 7,000 painted dogs are left across the entire continent. They live in small pockets across a handful of countries. There are roughly 700 painted dogs in the conservation. They are also known as African wild or hunting dogs, and are beautiful, unique, and fascinating social animals.

The aim is to create a Conservation Model that will make a lasting contribution to the future of Painted Dogs and the lives of the local people. 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.


To protect and increase the range and numbers of Painted Dogs, (lycaon pictus). Read More


Painted Dog Conservation was established as Painted Dog Research in 1992 by Gregory Rasmussen. The main motive was to address the ignorance and prejudice which resulted in 95% of dog mortalities.


To conserve and protect the species

  • Anti-poaching units
  • Rehabilitation facility
  • Pack monitoring

Education and Outreach

  • Children's bush camp.
  • Community outreach.
  • Community development.
  • Visitor centre.
  • Iganyana Art Centre.


Further Reading



  1. [Nzira Every Dog Counts], Nzira, Published: Issue 4 2019, Retrieved: 20 April 2020