David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

Protecting Painted Dogs and their Environment

The funding from this campaign will protect a stronghold population of endangered painted dogs in the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. By adopting a holistic approach to conservation which puts people at its heart, funding will safeguard a vital wildlife population and its habitat for years to come.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2022 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1106893)

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Championed by The Big Give Trust


  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls




Painted dogs were once abundant throughout the African continent but populations have sadly declined by up to 98% in the last 100 years and fewer than 7,000 remain in the wild. The Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe now hosts one of the last remaining wild painted dog populations. However, challenges ranging from habitat loss and environmental degradation, human-wildlife conflict, subsistence poaching and a lack of education continue to threaten the survival of this iconic species.


By funding anti-poaching patrols, DSWF will work to remove illegal snares and to heighten the level of risk to poachers. This will provide a blanket of protection to over 14,000 square kilometres of painted dog habitat. Whilst anti-poaching patrols are essential to deter the loss of painted dogs in the short-term, DSWF will simultaneously support an education programme to foster an emotional investment in nature among children and to inspire the next generation of wildlife guardians.

  • “The threats are many. Loss of quality habitat and poaching represent the biggest problems. Unless we take action to address these threats, painted dogs will become extinct in our lifetime.”

    — Peter Blinston