These beautiful wild dogs are endangered with an estimated 6,600 left on the planet. Only 1,400 of these are estimated to be mature animals according to the The Canid Specialist Group.
African painted dogs are killed because of preying on livestock. They are also often caught in snares set for other animals in the bush meat trade.
African painted dogs can live in groups of two to 40 individuals. They can prey on species as small as impala and have been known to even tackle the dangerous Cape buffalo.
Rabies has been a major problem for painted dogs in some areas. Since Americans are supportive of vaccination of domestic dogs, this issue may be a place where the public could be engaged to support practices like aerial vaccination efforts.
As people who have been actively involved in raise awareness to rhino poaching we understand there are numerous issues in Africa facing more well-known animals. It's hard to compete with the Big 5 but we believe if people know about the painted dog, they will want to help in a big way in addition to helping rhinos and other creatures.
Our friend Austin Steven (Austin Stevens Adventures & Austin Stevens Snakemaster television) had one of the best on-camera painted dog encounters ever. This footage inspired us to get involved. We believe more media attention to the species will help. If you see stories or videos share them on social media. This is one way you can help!