Celebrating World Wildlife Day

Celebrating World Wildlife Day

Today is World Wildlife Day and we are celebrating our favourite animal and the hard-working teams who work tirelessly to safeguard African wild dogs from the many threats they face.  South Africa is home to around 500 African wild dogs, most of them inhabiting protected areas like the Kruger National Park.  However there a small number of dogs that manage to survive as “free-roaming” populations.  One of these is the Toog area pack in the northern Waterberg.  This pack ranges across 125 000 ha of diverse-use,  privately-owned properties, presenting endless challenges for the team from the Waterberg Wild Dog Initiative as they strive to keep the animals safe, especially in areas where they may face persecution if they predate on financially valuable livestock and game species.  

Recently, we were delighted to assist the WWDI by providing 4 handheld radios to strengthen communications and ensure smooth and efficient field operations during times of loadshedding or in areas of limited cell network.  Monitoring the movements of the pack is crucial because snares, road collisions and deliberate persecution are ever-present threats for these dogs.  The latter was brought sharply into focus late last year, when 6 dogs from the Toog pack (3 pups and 3 subadults) died after they fed on a carcass laced with a lethal poison.  No arrests have been made yet, but we all hope that justice will be served soon.    Please join us in raising a glass of Painted Wolf for Africa’s magnificent wildlife heritage! 

Celebrate World Wildlife Day choosing Painted Wolf wines. Conservation in every glass

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