Our support for Stichting Painted Dog Conservation

In August 2008, we visited the Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) project in Zimbabwe. PDC’s efforts to educate the local community and involve them in the protection of Africa’s Painted Dogs is impressive.

There are very few Painted Dogs (also known as African Wild Dogs) remaining in the wild. Being nomadic, they travel great distances, only staying in the same location when they have pups. So when we came across a pack of 24 dogs during our trip to Tanzania in February 2009, it was incredible; we simply could not believe our eyes and it was one of the highlights of our trip!

PDC’s anti-poaching units carry out daily anti-poaching patrols throughout the Gwayi Conservancy bordering Hwange National Park. Since the first unit was deployed in 2001, more than 12,000 snares have been collected (correct as of August 2009). The local artists at Iganyana Arts then turn the snares into artwork, which is sold across the world. Heiko and I are always in admiration of the creativity of these people and have purchased several intricately made sculptures and wooden carvings from Stichting PDC, and in doing so, have helped to support the project in Zimbabwe.

Since 2009, we are a Friend of the Dogs and are committed to making regular monthly donations to Stichting Painted Dog Conservation.

Conservation in the Spotlight

If you belong to a conservation organisation and would like to submit an ‘In the Spotlight’ article please contact us for details.

Archived Articles:

Big Life Foundation
Oct 2010

Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) & Rehabilitation Facility and Metapopulations Policy Statement 2010
Sep 2010

PDC’s Rehabilitation Facility and Metapopulations Policy Statement for 2010

Asian Rhino Foundation
Jul 2010

This Dutch rhino foundation support the 3 Asian rhino Sumatran rhinoceros in a wallowspecies and want to introduce people to these animal species.

Everything of this, is very necessary, because:
· Asian species are less known than African species
· The Javanese Rhino is very rare
· The Sumatran Rhino is very threatened
· The Indian Rhino is a threatened animal species

21st Century Tiger – Giving wild tigers a future
Apr 2010

21st Century Tiger is a wild tiger conservation partnership between the Zoological Society of London and Global Tiger Patrol which raises funds for carefully chosen tiger conservation projects.

Gorilla Organization – help communities help gorillas
Dec 2009

The Gorilla Organization’s goal is to secure the long-term survival of gorillas in their natural habitat.

We understand that if gorillas are to survive in the context of Africa’s other significant challenges then conservation needs to be owned and managed by local African people…

Leo Foundation – Lions: skilled predators of wild and domestic prey
Oct 2009

Lions in West-Africa behave differently than their conspecifics in the South and Eastern region of the continent. Findings proven by research projects supported by the Leo Foundation.

IUCN – Wildlife in a Changing World
Jul 2009

Life on Earth is under serious threat, despite the commitment by world leaders to reverse the trend, according to a detailed analysis of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.

Jane Goodall Institute
Dec 2008

The main goal of the JGI is to raise awareness of the declining population of chimpanzees and the factors causing this. Also its mission is to educate people around the world about chimpanzees, their intelligence and their resemblance to humans.

CWI – Illegal trade & cruelty at Thai Tiger Temple
Oct 2008

CWIs latest investigation reveals the ugly side of our fascination with tigers at one of Thailands premier tourist destinations.

Sep 2008

A non-profit organization dedicated to the facilitation and promotion of sound conservation and management plans for the African lion.

CWI – Rings of Shame
Aug 2008

Commercial Exploitation Programme Officer, Claire Palmer looks ahead at this year’s Olympics.

SOS Lynx
Jun 2008

OS Lynx is an independent campaign organisation set up in 2000 to promote the conservation of the Iberian Lynx, and works at local and international levels.



IUCN – Red List (Endangered Species)

The IUCN (the World Conservation Union) is the organisation that WWF and other conservation groups, government agencies, scientists and academics look to for information on endangered species. IUCN brings together the world’s leading scientists, including those from WWF, to assess the conservation status of species, subspecies, varieties and subpopulations on a global scale, highlighting species threatened with extinction and promoting their conservation.

IUCN maintains a complete list of all the species it considers critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable: It’s called the Red List of Threatened Species and can be found at

Source: WWF

Research and Conservation

There are many research and conservation organisations that are focused on protecting our wildlife, you will find a varied selection below.

21st Century Tiger

AAP Sanctuary for Exotic Animals

African Conservation Experience

ALERT (African Lion & Environmental Research Trust)

Alertis – Fund for bear and nature conservation

ALTA (Amur Leopard Conservation)

Asian Rhino Foundation

Born Free Foundation

BOS (Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation) UK

Bring the Elephant Home Foundation

Cheetah Conservation Fund

CRC (Centre for Research and Conservation) – Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp

CRC – BioBrasil, a Belgium-Brazillian Cooperation on Biodiversity

CRC – Project Grandes Singes (Project of Big Apes)

CWI (Care for the Wild International)

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust
South Africa

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

Earthwatch Institute

EAZA (European Association of Zoos & Aquaria)

EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct & Globally Endagered)


Giant Bullfrog Conservation Group
Southern Africa

Global Tiger Patrol

Greenpeace International

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)

IRCF (International Reptile Conservation Foundation)

IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources)

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Jane Goodall Institute

Mabula Ground Hornbill Conservation Project
Southern Africa

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

NVD (De Nederlandse Vereniging van Dierentuinen)
* only in Dutch

NWF (National Wildlife Federation)

Painted Dog Conservation

Rainforest Concern

Save the Elephants

Save the Indian Tiger Petition

Save the Tiger Fund

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Snow Leopard Conservancy

SRRC (Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre) Lenie ‘t Hart

Stichting SPOTS (Cheetah)
* only in Dutch

Sumatran Tiger Trust

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Tigris Foundation dedicated to the survival of the Amur tiger and leopard in the wild

Tusk Trust

WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society)

WHF (Wildlife Heritage Foundation)

World Land Trust

WPF (Wildlife Protection Foundation)

WSPA International (World Society for the Protection of Animals)

WWF (World Wildlife Fund)