Good news this morning. Dublin Zoo got a nice surprise yesterday when five African Painted Dog pups emerged from their den. The animal care team noticed one of their female dogs has been hiding in the den she had made a couple of weeks earlier and could only guess what she was doing until yesterday when these tiny pups came out of the den. They have estimated the pups were born around 5 weeks ago.
Dublin zoo now has a total of eleven African Painted Dogs also known as Cape Hunting Dogs. In the wild, they are classed as endangered and it is estimated only 6,000 remain in the wild today.
The African Painted Dog largest populations remain in southern Africa and the southern part of East Africa (especially Tanzania and northern Mozambique). As the human population increased, cattle farming increased and this dog developed a taste for the cattle. Farmers protecting their livestock started to hunt and kill these dogs and thousand were wiped out. Dublin Zoo conservation efforts are vital in keeping this truly stunning dog alive.
If you are hading to Dublin Zoo this weekend please pop their habitat and send us any snaps of the pups venturing around their new home.