Saving critically endangered African Wild Dogs one kilometre at a time

Wednesday, 12 June, 2013
Painted Wolf Wines
Pedals 4 Paws is a cycle adventure initiative set up by Jeremy Borg. Jeremy is the winemaker and CEO of Painted Wolf Wines.
Since its inception six years ago, Painted Wolf Wines has supported conservation projects in a number of countries. Pedals 4 Paws extends this passion for conservation, providing another vehicle with which to raise funds and promote the conservation of Southern Africa’s most critically endangered carnivore, the African Wild Dog, also known as the African Painted Dog or African Painted Wolf.

Wild Dogs (Lycaon Pictus) are declining in number throughout their range, with roughly 5000 to 6000 remaining in isolated pockets in Sub-Saharan Africa. The species is critically endangered in South Africa where less than 400 individuals remain in the wild.

In early 2012 we embarked on a series of self- funded rides to raise sponsorship. The plan is to traverse 6000 kms over two to three years, riding the “Wild Dog range”. We hope to raise $50,000 or more for Wild dog conservation through sponsorship of these rides.

We are also planning two annual multi stage events. The first will take place mid 2014 in south eastern Zimbabwe. We will take relatively small exclusive groups, offering fun and reasonably challenging riding in pristine wilderness areas. Riders will have an opportunity to engage with conservationists and researchers, and to hopefully see these elusive and rare Wild Dogs. Accommodation and catering will be of a high standard, and the event will incorporate wine tasting.
With their peloton (pack) persistence and never give up attitude, Wild Dogs are nature’s perfect metaphor for Mountain Biking. Pedals 4 Paws embraces the popularity of off road riding to make a real difference in the conservation of this species and their wilderness.

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