Reblogged from our dear friend Lin Barrie… visit her website here

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, Painted Wolf Wines, African wild dogs and Marathons…..

Posted on March 28, 2014 by wineandwilddogs

 

African wild dogs! my passion…..

Unique to Africa, and endangered, these special predators are resident in only 9.4% of their historical range of sub-Saharan Africa. Given that wild dogs are a wide-ranging species that require plenty of space, large expanses of protected land such as transfrontier conservation initiatives are fundamental for their future conservation.

(above) Gonarezhou wild dogs, photograph by the AWCF team, led by Dr. Rosemary Groom.

 

The Greater LimpopoTransfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA) encompasses parts of Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique and hosts globally significant populations of African wild dogs. Habitat loss, wire snaring, disease (rabies), competition with lions and human persecution threaten wild dogs throughout their range.

Gonarezhou National Park is part of this eco-system, and we at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge are privileged to have access to this pristine wilderness.

Gonarezhou is a perfect wilderness environment for these endangered animals..and their pups..

Look at this great photograph, below, taken last year on a Chilo game drive in Gonarezhou National Park, by Derek and Sarah Soloman of Kuyimba Trading. We at Chilo look forward to the return of Derek and Sarah in late April, leading another specialist safari to this unique wilderness of ours..

African wild dog in Gonarezhou National Park-photographed by Derek Soloman

The African Wildlife Conservation Fund (AWCF) is dedicated to wildlife conservation in Africa with a focused goal of safe-guarding endangered African wild dog populations in the Zimbabwean Lowveld.

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge  is seeing increased sightings of wild dogs on game drives, and it is through the efforts of such as AWCF, Frankfurt Zoological Society and Zim Parks, that these endangered animals are doing well in the Gonarezhou National Park.

another lovely photograph from the AWCF research team in Gonarezhou…

 

The Gonarezhou Predator Project, managed by AWCF, is vital to increasing our knowledge and awareness of the challenges facing our predator populations in Gonarezhou

http://www.africanwildlifeconservationfund.org/projects/gonarezhou-predator-project/

These are some more fascinating links to blogs on the Gonarezhou Predator Project …..

http://zimbabwewilddogs.wildlifedirect.org/2012/07/29/adventures-in-gonarezhou/

http://zimbabwewilddogs.wildlifedirect.org/2012/09/04/african-wild-dogs-in-gonarezhou-part-1/

http://zimbabwewilddogs.wildlifedirect.org/2012/09/10/african-wild-dogs-in-gonarezhou-part-2/

http://zimbabwewilddogs.wildlifedirect.org/2012/09/26/wild-dogs-in-gonarezhou-originate-from-save-valley/

http://zimbabwewilddogs.wildlifedirect.org/2013/02/12/collared-wild-dog-snared-in-gonarezhou-national-park/

 

If you have read this far, you can now understand why African wild dogs are an integral part of the  Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge experience!

Here is one of my paintings , which hangs in the dining room at the lodge…..

Lin Barrie Wild dog art at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

The African Wildlife Conservation Fund is proud to be an official charity of the 2014 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, read the details:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gjfqmg8gpxvcnoy/Running%20for%20African%20Wild%20Dogs_AWCF.pdf

Prizes for the Two Oceans team include a sponsored two night’s stay for two people at Motswari Private Game Reserve in the Timbavati , merchandise and vouchers from The Safari Store, wine prizes from Painted Wolf Wines and two of my wild dog sketches….

Prizes for the Two Oceans team

Painted Wolf Wines are one of the preferred brands at  Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge  and they sponsor many groundbreaking initiatives for African wild dog conservation in Southern Africa…..

Some of the wines donated by Jeremy and Emma Borg of Painted Wolf Wines  for AWCF at the Two Oceans marathon include a magnificent Magnum, bearing a label painted by Lin Barrie!

Painted Wolf Wines-yummy!