PDPI Group Members
Back: Katie McHugh (Chicago Zoological Society), Enzo Aliaga- Rossel (Institute of Ecology- UMSA),
Kevin Green (RARE), Brandon Davis (Sea World Orlando)
Front: Kelly Donithan (IFAW), Daniel Brizuela (World Wildlife Fund)
Painted Dog Protection Initiative (PDPI) was created with the objective to reduce incidental mortality of dogs by facilitating the re-design and manufacturing of effective anti-snare, reflective collars and increasing awareness of the species by expanding educational efforts. To achieve these goals, we've partnered with Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) in Zimbabwe and the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) in the United States. Working with these partners, the PDPI aims to increase international awareness and conservation support for the species by creating an educational campaign for painted dogs - a "Painted Dog Day" zoo event; develop and promote an online and social media presence of our initiative; and use the proceeds of the zoo events and online outreach/marketing to fund the research, design, and implementation of enhanced anti-snare and reflective collars.
The Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL) training program helps jump-start early career conservation professionals through a combination of skills training, networking opportunities with peers and established practitioners and the completion of a global wildlife conservation initiative. EWCL training addresses a long-standing need for capable leaders in the conservation field who are equipped with a full arsenal of skills to launch well-rounded and successful conservation campaigns and build successful leadership careers in the wildlife conservation profession.