The Oxford English Dictionary declared  “selfie” the word of the year in 2013.

Selfies have been popping up on social media for a while now, the first use of the word dating back to 2002 (yup, those dark ages). Our facebook fans often share photos of the latest bottle they have had with their dinner or lunch, or tell us that they’ve just enjoyed a glass or two of their favourite Painted Wolf tipple, but we think it’s time to see you too. Please share your selfies with Painted Wolf Wine on our facebook page. You will automatically be granted honorary pack membership and elevated to status of top dog in the selfie world, because you and your favourite dog selfie  is so much better than you and your favourite duck face!

On the subject of selfies, our label designer, Lori always does a little joyful facebook dance when a new Painted Wolf Wine label is. Having taken note of this, one of her friends who lives in Perth, visited Cape Town over Christmas and sent her this photo:

“Lunch at the Vineyard Hotel. Recognise the label?”

This is exactly the kind of feedback we love! Send more!

While on the subject of photography. We’ve had very promising news from Grant Beverley at the EWT regarding the Wild Dog population in The Kruger National Park. Apparently the Northern Wild Dogs packs had two very good denning seasons in 2012 and 2013 resulting in an increase in their pack size by 10. While 10 may seem a small number, in the Kruger Park Wild Dog world it is HUGE! There are estimated to be between 4000-6000 left in the wild in very isolated areas, with only a few hundred ranging in the Kruger Park. So please, if you see any wild dogs, whip out your cameras and click away. As you can see above, photographs help researchers in the field to identify individuals dogs and to track their movements and their packs.  Here is Grant’s request:

If Wild Dogs are sighted in the greater Kruger National Park please send photographs with sightings details (Time, date, location and Numbers) to grantb@ewt.org.za

For more information on the Kruger Wild dog project follow @KNPWildDogs on twitter, view The Endangered Wildlife Trust FaceBook Page or visit the website www.ewt.org.za.

If you see any wildlife that has been hit by vehicles, if you can bear it, take a photograph. Once again, the photo can  be a huge help for identification purposes. Send to roads@ewt.org.za . They need the location (preferably GPS co-ordinates), species seen and date.

If you are in any OTHER reserves and see Wild Dogs, take the pictures and take the notes and contact the Derek Van Der Merwe: Derekv@ewt.org.za. He heads up the Carnivore Conservation Programme.