The Painted dog (also known as the African Wild Dog) in the rarest carnivore in Africa. At the turn of the last century there were tens of thousands roaming across 34 African countries. Today, there are estimated to be fewer than 5,500. A large population of Painted dogs exists in Zimbabwe where the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation funds work to ensure a future for this much maligned and misunderstood animal.
The Painted dog is a very efficient pack hunter but as numbers decline packs become smaller and hunting more difficult. They pose no threat to man but are often shot by farmers or killed by cars or snares left out to catch food.