Championing the Painted Wolves on World African Wild Dog Day

Championing the Painted Wolves on World African Wild Dog Day

Championing the Painted Wolves on World African Wild Dog Day

Conservation is much more than a buzzword; it’s a commitment to the delicate balance of our planet’s ecosystems. At More Community Foundation (MCF), this mission is at our core. We give voice to the beings in our natural world that cannot speak, taking our lead from the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 15 – Life on Land. We focus on environmental education and support community-driven conservation efforts. In doing this, we’re working to protect and nurture our land and the animals that call it home.

On the eve of World African Wild Dog Day (26th August), we shine the spotlight on this extraordinary canine, and member of Africa’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ (the ‘Big Five’ plus the vulnerable cheetah and wild dog). Also known as Painted Wolves, they are very social animals, living in large packs where each dog plays a role.

Tragically, it is nearing extinction. Wild Dogs are Africa’s second most Endangered carnivore after the Ethiopian Wolf. Once found in 39 countries, they now roam in only 14. The total number of breeding wild dogs left? A mere 1,400.  As such, they are classified as Endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

What’s causing their decline? It’s a mix of habitat loss and increasing conflicts between humans and wildlife. In Kruger National Park, South Africa’s renowned wildlife refuge, you’ll find the most substantial population of 350 wild dogs. Here, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, our trusted partners, have launched the Wild Dog Project. Their goal is to protect these animals, grow their habitats, and ensure they can co-exist safely alongside humans.

A standout aspect of the project is its modern monitoring system. As these dogs traverse the park, they sometimes enter risky areas, facing threats like traps or diseases from domestic dogs. Using a cutting-edge monitoring platform, the EWT team can quickly track the movements of these dogs and intervene when necessary. Vigilance, dedication and consistency are critical

What difference could I possibly make to an entire species, you may wonder. Remember, every action counts. One step leads to a mile, which eventually makes a marathon. Simply being aware and getting involved can drive change.

If the mile and marathon appeals to you, why not get involved in ‘The Extra Mile Trail Run’ on 23rd September? It’s not just a run; it’s a statement. We’re dedicating our 21km route to the wild dog, and 35% of the proceeds generated by the event will go directly to the EWT to aid them in their efforts.
NOTE: 5km, 10km and Virtual Run options are also available, and you need not be a runner. Walkers also welcome!

So, whether you’re active or just someone eager to make a difference, get ready to lace up your shoes. If you can’t participate, consider sponsoring a community runner. Every step you take helps us move closer to a future where nature thrives.

To learn more about our Trail Run with Heart, click here. To register or to sponsor a community runner, click here.
Let’s run together with purpose! Let it not be on our watch that a species like the wild dog disappears forever.

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