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06 April 2017Second anniversary of the sudden death of Greg Gibbard

Dear supporters, today is the second anniversary of the sudden death of Greg Gibbard. Greg's dedication to the conservation of the 'Painted Dog' through his work at PDC in Zimbabwe will always be remembered. Do take a moment to pause and remember this true conservationist.  Thank you in participation, Derek.

07 March 2017PDC-UK visit 'The Citadel' High Wycombe

PDC-UK Trustee Derek Fry was made welcome by High Wycombe Corps Officer Captain Richard Thompson & Corps members Hazel & Keith Morris. The 'Over Sixty Club' listened with interest to a 'Power Point' presentation on The African 'Painted Dog'.

pdc-uk visit 'the citadel' high wycombe

pdc-uk visit 'the citadel' high wycombe

07 March 20172017 Children’s Bush Camps, Hwange

PDC-UK are pleased to announce their funding of four 2017 Children’s Bush Camps, held at PDC’s (Zimbabwe) facility adjacent to Hwange National Park.

2017 children’s bush camps, hwange national park, zimbabwe

01 March 2017Stichting (Holland) recent 'Road Show'.

Stichting (Holland) Roadshow

Peter Blinston, Executive Director of PDC, was our guest 1-6 February for the Continental Europe roadshow.

1288 km by road, 1224 km by airplane, 18 meetings, 1 sponsor diner with 34 guests and 10 protective collars donated, 3 zoos, 2 universities and 2 interviews for magazines. A madhouse? Indeed, but this unique project deserves all efforts made by YOU to keep not only the project running but the dogs as well!

Social practice: a unique opportunity
Student Else of “De Vrije School Den Haag” undertakes social practice at the Painted Dog Conservation project.

Let me inform you about the aims of the social practice. The intention is to let our students gain some experience in looking after people. These students are seventeen years old and are going through the last phase of puberty. At the beginning of this period the young adolescents are mainly occupied with themselves and their own problems. They are discovering their inner selves. At the present point in their development, the young students are getting more interested in the lives of people around them. This is the reason why we enable our students to participate in the social practice.

Field notes
“And then they appeared. The sound of a beeping signal jolted Jealous from his concentrated mind and then a big smile, for those who have met him, you know what I am talking about. Nyamandlovu pack was in close proximity.  The bush is thick, dumb and with four dogs collared in this pack only an expert like Jealous can tell the distances. The dogs rested well last night and went for a hunt early morning, determined as ever and with nine, almost yearlings to feed, it was imperative that a Kudu is taken down. They did and the feast was quick.”

Stanford University and PDC Announce the de novo Assembly of the African Wild Dog Genome.

Dr. Ryan Taylor (Stanford University Program for Conservation Genomics and the CEO of End2End Genomics), who led the team assembling the wild dog genome, said that “The 10x Genomics Chromium system and SuperNova assembler have produced assemblies with continuity well beyond our expectations, which will allow us to perform in depth genetic analyses. This shows that 10x Genomics methodology is a game changer for de novo sequencing of large mammalian genomes at very low cost.”  

08 February 2017Gibby's Birdbath - new photos!

26 January 2017Presentation to The Piggott Interact Club

PDC-UK’s Chairman Derek Fry was delighted to accept a cheque for £500 on behalf of PDC (Zimbabwe) from ‘Outgoing Presidents of ‘The Piggott Interact Club’ Brenna Taylor &Luca Bloom.

The club is run under the auspices of Loddon Vale Rotary Club, members are encouraged to take an early ‘leap’ into both local & International fund raising for good causes. PDC was selected as the International Charity for the 2016 year, by the grade 13 students.

In appreciation of their sterling fundraising efforts PDC-UK presented the club with a ‘Snare Art’ sculptured Painted Dog head.

pdc uk accepts 500 donation cheque from the piggott interact club

pdc-uk’s chairman derek fry presents wire sculpture to the piggott interact club

25 January 2017Cookham Christmas 'Fayre'

pdc uk - christmas 2016 maidenhead christmas lights 'switch-on'

Maidenhead Christmas Light's 'Switch-On'

pdc uk christmas - marlow

pdc uk christmas - marlow

Marlow Late Night Shopping

pdc uk christmas - cookham

pdc uk christmas - cookham

pdc uk christmas - cookham

Cookham Christmas Eve

25 January 2017Stichling PDC UK Trip opportunity

In May and September you can join us on a unique trip to a unique species and the Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) project. See attachment for itinerary. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE! 
Contact: Ron van der A, PDC Foundation, The Netherlands. Email: rgvda@tiscali.nl

Download the leaflet in PDF format (1.5mb)

19 January 2017Happy New Year from PDC UK

From the Trustees of PDC-UK (not forgetting the dogs !) A BIG 'HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

In 2017 we will be hoping to find that 'crock of gold' that will ensure the future for Zimbabwe's ' Painted Dogs'.

happy new year from pdc uk

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