Painted Dog Conservation
Painted Dog Conservation
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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About
Painted Dog Conservation is an organisation that evolved out of pure scientific research being conducted in Hwange National Park in the mid 1990s. It soon became apparent that vast majority of dog deaths outside of Hwange National Park were found to be due to human causes—snares, traffic accidents, shootings—led by a general ignorance and prejudice towards the species. This cemented our core approach to helping painted dogs, which remains the same today: to identify the critical issues and find a way to make a significant and lasting contribution to painted dog conservation, conservation of nature, and the lives of the local community with a special emphasis on the individual.
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K72
Melbourne, Australia3,072 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
Such am interesting place to visit and learn about the plight of the will dog. Museum area is well done telling the story of Eyespot and his family. Little gift shop with gifts made from the wire snares.

Only one dog, Lucky, at centre when we visited, which is kind of good. They ha e good enclosures for the dogs.
Written January 10, 2023
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Ashley W
Hebron, IL71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Very informative but sad to see & hear how vulnerable & endangered the dogs are. They are teaching education through art & advising the younger generations of locals to care about wildlife & the dogs. Any help is appreciated.
Written January 28, 2024
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Ken F
Koenigsbrunn, Germany383 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We were here on February 18, 2020. We had no knowledge of Painted Dogs Conservation or of the existence of this facility. But thanks to our local guide Randolf, we were able to visit this place and find out so much about these endangered dogs (there are less than 10000 of these dogs left on the whole continent of Africa!). We had a detailed free tour of the main building. It was very informative and we were able to see a few of the dogs in their rehab area.
Written February 25, 2021
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Desire M
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
its a very nice place and the animals are just great.zim reflets the greatness of God in the animals....amazing
Written February 19, 2015
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Teasdale-Utah
United States177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Enjoyed seeing the painted dogs. It is free to visit so we bought a local hand made bowl to help support the place. Staff is friendly.
Written October 28, 2021
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bstrvl55711
Seattle, WA303 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We went here in the morning (game drive on the way so 2 birds one stone). It is a free attraction, but they work on donations (not a hard sell).
There is a museum display they walk through that includes a story to follow the life cycle of the dogs. Good for both adults and kids.
Then went to the back to see two of the dogs. It was very neat to see them. And sine the animals were obviously injured, it is truly a rehab/protection of the animals.
If you have time I recommend it.
Written September 21, 2019
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Raptor1234567890
Bratislava, Slovakia39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
We drove from Hwange NP when we noticed a sign pointing to this conservation centre so we gave it a try. First you come into a great museum like hall with lot of interesting information about painted dogs. A beautiful wooden sidewalk leads to a rehabilitation centre where hurt or sick painted dogs are cared for. There is also one permanent resident - very friendly painted dog. The other in rehab were rather hiding behind the bushes from the visitors. Staff was very well-educated and extremely friendly. I really liked the place. They also organize cams for local kids to educate them about the wildlife - you can even donate for this purpose.
Written May 23, 2018
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souku
Czech Republic91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
I was really impressed by this centre, a proper conservation project with incredibly dedicated staff. The love they have for Roman, their permanent painted dog resident, is touching. I know that everyone wants to see (or walk with...) lions, but I highly recommend visiting this beautiful conservation centre instead!
Written May 21, 2018
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Travelologists
Tulare, CA55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Friends
A friend had recommended that we stop at the Painted Dog Conservancy and we were not disappointed. The staff were friendly and very knowledgeable about the project. After a short introduction we were allowed to explore the educational exhibit in the main building which was very well organized and appropriate for audiences of all ages.

Next we took a stroll along the raised platform to the rehabilitation centre. We were met by Clive who walked us down to the painted dog enclosures and explained further the rehabilitation process. Unfortunately the dogs were resting when we arrived so we didn't see much of them but the tour was very informative. We would have liked to see the dogs up close; perhaps next time.

We must note that this whole experience was FREE which is uncommon in Zimbabwe. And not only is it free to visitors but we were told that the Bush Camp Project - designed to teach local children about conservation - is FREE for the surrounding school students. What an excellent way to create awareness. This place is definitely worth a stop if you are in or around Hwange.
Written August 12, 2012
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Klaus G
Pretoria, South Africa1,047 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This conservancy projects which can be visited free of charge should be visited and supported. In the information centre the story of one of the local dogs is told, whilst a visit to the rehab camps enables visitors to see wild dogs close up.
Written February 13, 2020
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