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Celebrating Painted Wolves

Celebrating Painted Wolves

Celebrating Painted Wolves

Two wild dog conservation projects were the beneficiaries of a glamorous soiree in Harare late last year. Billed the ‘Conservation Event of the Year,’ the event combined talks by wildlife experts, catering by a top event coordinator and an exhibition by well-known wildlife artist Lin Barrie.

Supporting the event was Painted Wolf Wines of Cape Town, launched by Jeremy and Emma Borg, with their local agents Harrison and Hughson. One of the auction prizes at the event was a giant bottle of Painted Wolf Shiraz, which arrived after some adventure en route by air and road from Cape Town.

Catering for the dinner was by Lee Vermaak, and the event was held in an elegant white Rooneys tent pitched in the Mukuvisi Woodlands, an appropriately wild location in the heart of the city.

Funds raised by the event went to two Zimbabwean wild dog conservation projects, Painted Dog Conservation and the Lowveld Wild Dog Project based in the south east of the country.

Painted Dog Conservation will use the funds to continue its children's bush camp programme in Hwange in 2012, having lost the support of an international donor at the close of 2011.

The Lowveld Wild Dog Project will use the funds to facilitate a mobile education and library unit to provide a variety of educational resource materials direct to communities.

Emma and Conor O'Beirne of Happy Readers Books have donated ten sets of literacy series to LWDP, plus classroom kits, which will directly benefit children in schools adjacent to Gonarezhou National Park.

The Safari Soiree will be repeated in 2013, and ‘A Celebration of Painted Wolves,’ which now has its own facebook page, is growing into a project with far reaching initiatives for wild dog conservation.

Jeremy Borg is planning Pedals for Paws, in which he will ride by bicycle to key wild dog sites in Sub-Saharan Africa during 2012 and 2013, to raise funds for, and awareness of wild dog conservation.

The two Zimbabwean wild dog research projects will engage with Mukuvisi Woodlands’ Eco Schools programme during 2012, giving interactive talks to Harare schoolchildren.

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Harare

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Zambezi Traveller (Issue 08, March 2012)