Latest news stories from Painted Dog Conservation
05 October 2017Lupote School thanks for PDC UK funded Bush Camp 2017
Our fourth Bush Camp for 2017 funded by PDC-UK. What a great thank you from Lupote School
30 September 2017Delia Graham Parachute Jump Fundraiser for PDC UK
"When flying between Mana Pools and Hwange in May I considered whether I was brave enough to jump out of a plane. I decided I was. Back in the UK, it came to me that I should make this jump worthwhile: a fundraiser for PDC was born.
And so it began, jump booked, contact with PDC UK made, fundraising page set up and publicised on social media. Friends, family and clients have learned more about Painted Dogs than they probably wanted to know :) but their support has been amazing.
I had hoped to raise enough money to cover the cost of 3 protective collars, mission accomplished!"
26 September 2017Cookham Regatta 2017
A great day had by all. PDC-UK would like to thank Marlow & Cookham Bridge Rotary Clubs for providing the charity with the 'perfect platform' to meet new friends.
26 September 2017Death of David Shepherd, Artist & Conservationist
It is with great sadness that PDC-UK has recently learned of the death of David Shepherd. The Charity would like to offer its sincere condolences to his family. David was a much revered Wildlife Artist & Conservationist. His legacy will 'live on' through the dedicated work of The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
31 August 2017PDC UK thanks to UKWCT
PDC-UK would again like to thanks all at UKWCT, for another successful day!
31 August 2017PDC-UK donated £5k in response to the recent SOS
One month after Washington and Thomas have been fortunate in their misfortune, we are fortunate with Friends like you! Why?
It started with Artis Zoo, Burgers’ Zoo and GaiaZOO. After our emergency call they donated the engine, chassis and gearbox. Affiliated organizations like PDC UK and private sponsors donated doors, seats, tyres etc.
We have bought the “new” Land Rover still selling our T shirts, cuddle toys and snare art during Eurofurence 23 last Friday in Berlin.
Now we are looking for the best (cheapest) way to get the vehicle asap to where it belongs: the project! Indeed there will be some extra costs but “Wir schaffen das”.
In Memoriam: SOCKS - The iconic alpha female of the Nyamandhlovu pack
The tragic death of the iconic alpha female of the Nyamandhlovu pack, Socks, has affected us and worse to come was the loss of her entire litter of pups. The unfortunate loss of two generations of dogs is due probably to the nemesis and ancient enemy, hyenas.
Socks was tracked and found with torn ears, deep bite marks to her legs and torso, near Caterpillar pan as she was joining the pack in hunting. She had denned near Dopi during the first week of June. The Nyamandhlovu pack lost the whole litter in 2015 and during the 2016 had several pups with fractured limbs as the pack was comprised of only three adult dogs, struggling to feed and defend so many pups. Thembile lost a leg and is doing well at the rehabilitation centre.
Browny and Ring and the rest of the pack, eleven painted dogs in the pack are OK and have been seen hunting and trudging on despite the loss of Socks. She had littered 32 pups for her eight years and was the daughter of Vusile and Themba of the Sicele pack. Vusile was tragically killed by a lion.
In the spirit of Eyespot, Nat and Socks, the painted dog species are born to persevere against all odds, the only norm is adversities, snares, cars, hyenas, lions, humans, climate change and disease. The pack led by Browny, Alpha male, has moved on, already venturing out of the park towards Malindi. Socks did her part for the species, we will monitor and advise how the pack holds on after Socks.
29 August 2017Buckham Fair-Beaminster 2017
22 August 2017PDC-UK visits UK WOLF Conservation Trust
The UK WOLF Conservation Trust charity made its 'debut' at the invitation of UKWCT based at Beenham in Berkshire during their weekly 'general public ' open day (every Wednesday). The 'Team' were welcomed on their arrival by two of the Trust's Artic Wolves, Massak & Sikko.
Many thanks to Theresa Palmer, 'Head Keeper' Mike Collins & all the staff for their kind support. We will be in attendance next Wednesday (23rd August).
15 August 2017PDC UK talk to Polehampton Bingo Club
After a PDC UK talk - Members of the Polehampton Bingo Club enjoyed the interesting 'combination' whilst it rained 'Cats & Dog's outside.
02 August 2017Donate to Delia's PDC Fundraising Parachute Jump
Delia Graham will be jumping from 2 miles above ground on 24th Sepetember to raise PDC UK funds needed for more anti-snare collars.
Please donate generously via JustGiving.
"85% of dogs caught in a snare will be killed. This figure drops to 15% when anti-snare collars are fitted. They really make a difference.
Snares are set to catch bush meat but they also trap other animals which are left to an awful death. The collars allow the dogs to survive until the anti-snare patrols are able to assist. Sometimes they are taken to the rehab centre until they are fit enough to hunt again."
02 August 2017Wildlife Heritage Foundation - roundup
Yet another GREAT SUCCESS for our charity. A sincere thanks to the WHF Directors, staff, and both new and returning supporters, from the PDC-UK Trustees (not forgetting the 'dogs'!)
26 July 2017Accident: fortunate in misfortune
“A PDC vehicle was involved in an accident yesterday, but thankfully the two staff, Washington Moyo (driving) and Thomas Mutonhori, walked away with only minor injuries.
No other vehicle or persons were involved. Washington lost control of the car on an incline and went off the road into a ditch, which flipped the car over, tearing of the roof in the process.
We were making our way to Mana Pools, where Washington and Thomas were to be based until the end of August. I was driving some 20 minutes behind them and arrived at the scene fearing the worse when I saw the extent of the accident.
I was able to contact the PDC office with the assistance of Ron van der A in Holland, using the satellite phone that WCN gave us a couple of years ago.
David Kuvawoga arrived with Dought Nkomo, Enock Zulu, Dominic Nyathi, Ganizani Piri and Melusi Sibanda in three PDC vehicles, and Dominic took Washington and Thomas to St Patrick’s Hospital as a precaution.
Enock Zulu, as a former police officer, recorded all that is required by the police when reporting such incidents. Then we began the process of extracting the vehicle from the dry river bed.
The help from the local people was extraordinary. Paul Muleya, a local shop owner was first on the scene with his friend Lloyd Ngwena. They were a tremendous help in getting the guys out of the vehicle and generally clearing everything up while we waited for David etc…. to arrive. They were also a major help in extracting the car from the river bed.
Paul sat with me and told me how Tonga (their tribe) traditions encourage (if that’s the right word) them to help others, as you never know when you will need help yourself. That everyone you meet should be treated as your brother, father, sister, mother as the case may be, because one day you will need someone to treat you just the same. It was really lovely to hear such a story.
I towed the car back to PDC approx 200km). The accident compromises our operations as the vehicle is a write-off. It was used for tracking painted dogs and also deploying anti poaching. So we will have to try and source the funds to buy another as quickly as possible.”
11 July 2017Gundwane School, Lupane (Funded by PDC-UK)
Sleepy eyed pupils from emerge for their early morning Game Drive.
All smiles having & 'touched the wild' exercise books 'ticked boxed' with animal sightings.
04 July 2017
A normally shy Puppy called 'Hamuka' shares the 'limelight' with PDC-UK's Chairman Derek Fry at the recent Reading Water Festival. Photo by Stewart Turkington.