Every dog has his day

South African photographer Kim Wolhuter has won The Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Species in the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Painted Wolf Wines is a dynamic and innovative South African wine company. We are dedicated to the production of authentic, distinct and delicious wines, and to the conservation of African wild dogs and their natural habitat.

Our Wines

We produce wines with a distinctive South African feel, and to that end focus largely on wines crafted from Chenin Blanc and Pinotage – the two bench mark South African grape varieties, The grapes are sourced from our pack members vineyards, which are low yielding, mostly unirrigated and farmed organically or with minimal non organic inputs.

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Painted Wolves

The “Painted Wolf” (Lycaon Pictus), also known as the African Wild Dog or Painted Dog , is one of Africa’s most fascinating and highly endangered mammals. They have a highly co-operative family social structure and are extremely persistant and effective hunters. They are our inspiration. We support the conservation of this intriguing and beautiful animal with a contribution from every bottle of wine sold and through our communications.

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Our wines are being featured by Tim at the moment - he has some very nice things to say about the Den Pinotage ... See MoreSee Less

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It's Christmas in July at Tusk - with Jeremy Borg looking like a very jolly, slightly sunburned Santa. Charlie Mayhew M.B.E. CEO of Tusk was the happy recipient of our cheque for £7500. Collected from the UK sales of our wines (thank you, all the Painted Wolf Wine fans in the UK!) The money we donate goes to supporting African wild dog conservation groups - Botswana Predator Conservation Trust; Painted Dog Conservation and African Wildlife Conservation Fund. ... See MoreSee Less

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AFRICAT RESCUES 9 'DESERTED' WILD DOG PUPS It was Sunday, the 26th of June – the evening before AfriCat’s annual health check was about to start . . . Team AfriCat and the participating vets were in preparation for an early start the following day, when we received a phone call after sunset from the Chairperson of Okamatapati Conservancy (a communal conservancy approx. 160 km east of Okonjima) - a communal farmer was in possession of nine orphaned Wild Dog pups. Wild Dog usually dig their dens and give birth during the dry months June, July and August. The denning period of approximately three months, is the only time of the year when Wild Dogs return to the same location every day, limiting their mobility which can result in a decreased encounter rate with prey species. For that reason, Wild Dogs often den in areas close to a water source that attracts a high density of ungulates during the dry season or near to another area of predictable and easy food supply. The concerned farmer apparently suffered a loss of four-six cattle and in his misery, chased the adult pack off his property leaving nine abandoned pups behind. Instead of killing them (which is normally the case, by closing the den and burying the pus alive – or by throwing fuel down the hole and setting the den alight or by poisoning a carcass which usually kills the whole pack), the farmer contacted the Chairperson, who assured him that AfriCat would assist with the relocation of the pups. In-between the manic madness of setting up veterinary equipment and discussing plans for the upcoming health check, Team AfriCat had to make their way to Okamatapati to collect the orphaned Wild Dog pups; upon arrival, the estimated five week old dogs were slightly hypothermic but otherwise seemed to be healthy and in good condition. Team AfriCat safely transported them to the AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre, arriving at 2 am on Monday morning!! The pups are currently housed in a semi-open holding facility, the same area Messi, Yogy and their sister Robin were housed in while recovering from their ordeal. africat.org/the-africat-wild-dogs-messi-jogi-and-robin Meet SAHARA, ATACAMA, KALAHARI, MOJAVE AKA MO, SONORAN, GOBI, KAROO, NAMIB AND THAR. Unlike Team FIFA, who arrived at AfriCat exactly two years ago and who were named in honor of the football players of the Soccer World Cup 2014, we decided to name the current litter in honour of some of the world’s most spectacular deserts. At an estimated 7 – 8 weeks of age, the pups, three females and six males, are becoming more and more active and explorative. Due to the fact that wild dogs are extremely prone to a variety of diseases, we are monitoring their temperatures and weight every 2 - 3 days, in order to catch a possible infection early. At this point in time, we are focusing on keeping these valuable Wild Dog pups healthy and strong; future plans of rehabilitation and possible release into the 20 000 ha Okonjima Nature Reserve, still needs to be assessed and evaluated. Wild dogs have large spatial requirements and occur at low densities. Habitat destruction and fragmentation as well as an expanding human population have led to the fact that Wild Dogs mainly live in protected areas. Where they are still roaming in unprotected areas, they are actively persecuted. In South Africa, meta-populations of wild dogs are established through the introduction into geographically isolated reserves, but rely on active management programmes. If the Okonjima Nature Reserve, with its healthy prey base, can sustain a pack of 11 Wild Dogs (including Team FIFA’S, Jogi and Robin) or if another suitable release site needs to be found, has still to be evaluated. Since 2005, this is the 5th set of pups rescued by AfriCat after a phone-call from concerned farmers from four adjacent conservancies, where packs of up to 20 dogs are sighted; livestock loss is high chiefly due to the fact that their natural prey has been decimated by poaching and present livestock farming practices do not offer sufficient protection. AfriCat, in communication with the Ministry of Environment & Tourism, has been given permission to hold the 9 Wild Dogs until plans for their future are finalized. 13 July 2016, AfriCat & members of the Ehirovipuka Conservancy, met with the Okamatapati Conservancy Committee to discuss the way forward regarding Conservancy Policies, research and human-wildlife conflict mitigation support programmes. In March 2016, the Ministry of Environment & Tourism’s Carnivore Coordinator, announced the following: ‘the African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus), has finally been up-listed as Specially Protected, under the Wildlife Conservation Ordinance 4 of 1975; this changes the legal status of the African Wild Dog, as it was not protected at all up to date, to the same status as Rhino in Namibia.’ IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT AFRICAT AND THE RAISING OF THESE 9, HUNGRY, PAINTED PUPS – pls contact us @: info@africat.org #AfriCat #Namibia #wildlifeconservation #africanwilddog #pups #carnivore #conservation #endangeredspecies #savingthesurvivors #support www.africat.org HAPPY #WildlifeWednesday !!! :D

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It's that time of the year again! ... See MoreSee Less

Some beautiful photos taken by Projects Director, Rosemary Groom, of activity at the Pungwe Pack den! Don't you just love denning season :)

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We're really looking forward to attending the Knysna Wine Festival next week, 4 - 5 July. ... See MoreSee Less

#Best10DaysOfWinter Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Visit Knysna Visit Sedgefield Out There The Travel Bug Mitchell's Knysna Brewery

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We are once again sponsors of the Nature's Best Photography Exhibition. If you are in the area this weekend, toddle on down to the IZIKO South Africa Museum on Queen Victoria Street in Cape Town for some beautiful imagery from some of the world's best photographers. ... See MoreSee Less

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PAINTED Wolf Wines updated their cover photo. ... See MoreSee Less

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This adorable video is a bit like Monday: You struggle to get going, but there are loads of possibilities out there...

And it provides a bit of entertainment while you are waiting for those possibilities to wobble up and nudge you with a wet nose. Enjoy the week everyone.
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PUPPIES! Just look at them all :)

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We are so looking forward to this event. Please email us or Chilo if you are keen to attend ... See MoreSee Less

A Weekend of Wine & Wild Dogs!! Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge is delighted to launch our 2016 dates as per the attached flyer. We look forward to hosting you and sharing a weekend of Wine (Painted Wolf & Local Palm Wine), Wild Dogs and authentic Wilderness. In July 2015, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge joined forces with Painted Wolf Wines & African Wildlife Conservation Fund and hosted a wonderful Weekend of Wine & Wild Dogs. An extract from Emma Borg (Painted Wolf Wines) blog from 2015: 'The weekend was filled with: informal wine tastings by Jeremy, and much drinking and enjoying of our Painted Wolf Wines; insights into the seven years Dr Rosemary Groom has spent with AWCF in the area, ably assisted by Jess Watermeyer, with particular focus on African wild dogs of course; experiences within the Mahenye village community, including harvesting and sampling palm wine, and plenty of game drive time, soaking in the magic of Gonarezhou…' www.paintedwolfwines.com/2015/08/17/wine-wild-dog-weekend-at-chilo-lodge-zimbabwe/ Please do not hesitate to contact Keitha in our Reservations Department (info@chilogorge.com) for additional information.

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