Our passion for conservation is deeply ingrained in everything we do here at Jenman Safaris and Hideaways.
We promise life-changing experiences to our guests and the long-term preservation of the natural world is part of the activities on offer.
A trip to Painted Dog Conservation and its visitors and rehabilitation centre, a mere half-hour drive from Hideaways Elephant’s Eye, Hwange is a highlight on any safari outing to this part of the Zimbabwean wilderness.
We have had a proud association with the highly acclaimed PDC for several years and are excited to give our guests an immersive wildlife experience with the rare and endangered African wild dog. The species is listed as Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List.
While injured and orphaned wild dogs have found a haven at the centre, the focus is firmly on awareness and education about the fight for survival of these plucky predators. They are also referred to as painted dogs because of their multi-coloured coats, featuring patches of red, black, brown, white and yellow.
A visit to PDC will leave guests with a much deeper appreciation and understanding of these fascinating creatures. Not only that, but it will most certainly be a cherished safari moment.
There are two activities available at Painted Dog Conservation.
David Kuvawoga, operations manager at PDC, says visitors to the centre will get great insight into the life of the African wild dog.
“Visitors are taken into our Interpretative Hall where they are told the story of Eyespot – one brave dog that went through all the tribulations experienced by most of the dogs as they struggle to get out of their endangered status. It’s a cycle of birth, family life, hunting, dispersal, forming a new pack, snaring and an uncertain future.
“Maria and Prim, our guides, tell a moving story capturing the hearts of many and most likely make them think of what more they can do to save this species.
“There is also a small gift shop, where guests can purchase souvenirs to help support our free-of-charge facility.”
A raised walkway leads from the visitors’ centre to the rehabilitation facility to meet the two resident dogs, John and Roman.
It truly is a memorable encounter for those that have not seen wild dogs before. Just imagine coming face to face with those big round ears, lanky legs, black-brown-golden coat, and stunning stare.
Says David Kuvawoga, “John and Roman are very photogenic. They represent their species, offering education and insight to visitors.”
The facility also has a small laboratory where visitors can be educated and learn more about basic studies of the dogs’ health.
Find out more about Painted Dogs Conservation on their website – http://www.painteddog.org/