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Painted Dog Conservation: Peter Blinston at The Explorers Club

Peter Blinston fell in love with African wild dogs while watching documentaries in his native England. He has now been with Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe for eighteen years and serves as Executive Director. Peter has translated the initial vision for PDC into effective programs that are making a real difference to the long-term survival of African wild dogs.

Today there is overwhelming evidence that habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation pose some of the greatest threats to African wild dog survival. Because African wild dogs live at low densities and range so widely, they require much larger areas for their survival than most other carnivore species. In order to conserve viable populations of African wild dogs, large areas of land are required to encourage dispersal and therewith gene flow between populations. Maintaining connectivity between African wild dog habitats is vital for the conservation of remaining African wild dog populations.



This lecture will illustrate that the endangered African wild dog is an ecological flagship species, and that an estimated population of 500,000 has been reduced to fewer than 10,000 since the turn of the twentieth century. Zimbabwe is home to a critical population that is holding its own thanks to the committed efforts of Painted Dog Conservation.

Peter’s lecture will further illustrate that PDC is a living breathing example of Conservation through Action and Education. This is an organization that has taken community based conservation to a new height through an impressive and effective Education & Development Program that targets the local communities bordering Hwange National Park. They are driven by a belief that conservation needs to deliver tangible benefits to local communities that share their daily lives with the wildlife. Peter will illustrate that such benefits can lead to the desired environment where the African wild dog and all wildlife can thrive.

Date: Thursday, May 5th

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid Student ID

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