Photo credit: Nicholas Dyer
The painted wolf, or African wild dog, is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Habitat loss, disease, competition with other predators and the struggle to coexist with ever-expanding human populations have decimated painted wolf numbers throughout Africa. We are dedicated to raising money for the organisations that are working to secure a better future for these remarkable animals and we channel up to 4% of our turnover into conservation projects. Please follow us on social media for updates on the work of these organisations.
for painted wolf conservation since 2008
Compare historical painted wolf ranges to those of the present. Drag the arrows to compare historical painted wolf ranges to those of the present.
Estimated number of painted wolves left in the world
Success rate for painted wolf hunts
Average number of pups born to a pack each year
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
There has been controversy about the use of the name African wild dog because it is thought by some to have negative connotations. These amazing carnivores have long been vilified as vermin and conservationists would prefer a more positive term. Following the popular BBC series “Dynasties” in 2018, the name painted wolf has gained traction.
In English they have been known as African wild dog (most common usage), Cape hunting dog, painted hunting dog (favoured by Greg Rasmussen), painted dog, painted wolf and tri-coloured dog.
This map illustrates the names given to painted wolves in some of the many languages of Africa.