ENDANGERED CANID PROJECT

Painting a Better Future for African Wild Dogs 

Welcome to the Endangered Canid Project

African Wild Dogs (also known as African Painted Dogs) were once common throughout sub-Saharan Africa with estimates of over half a million animals ranging across thirty-nine countries. Today they are classified by the IUCN as Endangered with approximately 3,500-5,000 animals across nine to fourteen countries.

Painted Dogs are highly social with strong familial bonds. They are one of the few examples of a species that cares for their sick and elderly. Pack members care for injured individuals, bringing them food until they are well enough to travel. Elderly animals stay with the pack and are cared for their entire lives, even after they can no longer hunt. Often, a "doctor" dog is assigned as a caretaker, regurgitating food, cleaning wounds, and caring for pack members until they are strong enough to keep up.

 

Painted dogs are completely in sync with each other and in balance with their environment. Their community is one that humans should strive to emulate. Under natural circumstances, they have everything they need to survive within their pack.

But in today's world, they need help.

Humans are their only real predator and the main threat to their survival.

 

Starting in the 1800s painted dogs were viewed as vermin and mercilessly hunted. Today, they are extinct in many countries. They cannot defend themselves against habitat loss, road kills, diseases spread by domestic dogs or wire snares set by poachers for bush meat.

Won't you help?

 

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4th Annual Paint a Better Future for African Wild Dogs
Jun 20, 2019, 7:00 PM
Ballard Elks Lodge #827
We will be holding our 4th Annual Ballard Auction & Fundraiser to raise money to test our UAV System (tags, launcher and drone) prior to sending it abroad. Please join us and help us to complete this exciting project and set it to use for conservation! Visit our Sponsor here
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