African Painted Dogs
Hypnotic is the word for our African painted dogs. Like a mesmerising abstract artwork, we bet you find it's impossible to look away until you've fully taken in the dazzling dappled patterns of their gorgeous coats.
You'll also be entranced by their large rounded ears which can pick up the calls of other dogs in the far distance. They use their ears to communicate, moving them in different directions to signal to other dogs which way to go or what to do.
In southern and east African countries, researchers have kept track of individual dogs by noting down their coat pattern. In some cases, with dogs they have caught and released back into the wild, they also use microchips to keep tabs on animals.
This is extremely important because African painted dogs, also known as cape hunting dogs, are an Endangered species. There are only about 3,000 left in a handful of countries compared to 500,000 across 39 nations at the beginning of last century.
We support conservation efforts at Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania on the border with Kenya, where these dogs are now closely monitored and protected. By visiting the zoo or becoming a member, you help us to continue with that support.
Just so you know... our painted dogs have now moved to a new home and we will soon be bringing in a new pack as part of a breeding programme.