Painted Wolf Walk
- By: Sarah Freestone
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/painted-wolf-walk
The Painted Wolf Walk (#doingitforthedogs) is both a fund-raising campaign and an awareness movement to educate people about the plight of African Wild Dogs. The initial aim of the campaign is to raise R25 600 for African Wild Dog, by walking the section of the R355 that connects Ceres and Calvinia, famous for being the longest stretch of dirt road in South Africa without a single town or petrol station.
The expedition, will take place in the Tankwa Karoo during middle of Autumn. It will begin on 4 April 2019 from Calvinia and end 10 days later in Ceres, 256.6km away.
To read more about the route: https://www.tankwacamino.com/tankwa-camino
The challenge to get up every morning, for 10 days and take on an average of 27 km per day, is a test of any hiker's ability. It is here where you discover your true self anew. The vastness of the region, though sheltered by mountain ranges, offers the most serene silence which will reverberate in your ears. It is here where the boundary between two provinces is crossed on the longest gravel road in South Africa, a road that connects two adjoining towns. With the merest sprinkling of rain, a piece of scorched earth transforms into a theatre of floral beauty.
All the challenges mentioned provide a remarkable analogy to the number of challenges that face this critically endangered species and those that are committed to protecting them.
WHY THE AFRICA WILD DOG
The African Wild Dog is critically endangered and in dramatically declining numbers due to human factors. These beautiful painted wolves are facing possible extinction in our lifetime.
The African Wild Dog is endangered due to habitat loss caused by human overpopulation, poaching, diseases and threats from other predators such as lions and hyenas.
The estimated decline in the population size can be uncertain due to the species’ tendency to population fluctuations. However, what is certain is that African Wild Dogs are the second most endangered carnivore in Africa after the Ethiopian Wolf. In South Africa, we have fewer than 550 roaming our wild spaces and only 39 distinct sub-populations left in Africa.
To learn more about this incredible animal, please watch: https://youtu.be/I97cd3jU1WY
The South African based WildLife ACT is a small but dynamic charity, working to conserve endangered species and keep wildlife in the wild.
This team of experienced individuals, work in the field of 365 days a year, to save our endangered and threatened wildlife from extinction. They are an efficient team stretching every cent to make sure it is utilized in meaningful and focused conservation work. Their focus is on endangered species such as Black Rhino, African Wild Dogs and Vultures as well as priority species including Cheetah, Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Hyena.
Their conservation work focuses mainly on:
- Providing specialist priority species monitoring services to protected areas
- Delivering time and expertise to provide adequate management, capture, transport and reintroduction of endangered animals to new homes
- Developing and deploying state-of-the-art monitoring and anti-poaching measures and equipment in the field
- Helping rural communities who live alongside protected wildlife areas to develop a love and respect for nature, provide them with reasons to protect it, and advance economic empowerment.
WildLife ACT and @PaintedWolfWalk have collaborated on this campaign to ensure its success. All funds raised will go directly to for WildLife ACT’s African Wild Dog monitoring programme.
If you would like more information about WildLife ACT, please visit: https://wildlifeact.com
My friendly mascot, Philani "the Painted Wolf", will join me on both the Tankwa Camino and all future trekking expeditions. With such a beautiful meaning, (to be alive), Philani not only represents the African Wild Dog but is also a symbol of all our continent’s most endangered species.
CALL TO ACTION
The purpose of this initiation is to raise awareness about the African Wild Dog, our painted wolves. I am asking friends, family and any interested parties to please sponsor a R100/per km of my journey, so that we can raise R25 600 for WildLife ACT’s African Wild Dog monitoring programme.
To donate please visit: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/painted-wolf-walk
All contributions are welcomed and greatly appreciated.
- Apr 05, 2019 - R 514.10
- "This is a wonderful initiative to protect one of Africas last remaining iconic wild kife jewels" - Barry Holland
- Mar 26, 2019 - USD $ 36.74
- "Cheering you on from Nairobi! Xx" - Floey
- Mar 12, 2019 - R 205.64
- "Good Luck on your journey!" - Ashleigh Dawson
- Mar 12, 2019 - R 514.10
- "YOU my freind are an inspirtation, keep being amazing and crazy all at once #theworldneedsmorepeoplelikeyou" - Kelly Williams
- Mar 11, 2019 - R 500.00
- "Great effort Sarah!" - Jamie
- Mar 08, 2019 - R 205.64
- "Have Fun Sarah & enjoy the journey. Keep health & safey as a priority.Lotsa luvies" - Liinda Leisegang
- Mar 03, 2019 - USD $ 147.87
- "Very best of luck to you and Philani!" - Nick Dyer
- Mar 01, 2019 - R 102.82
- "Good luck!" - Justin
- Feb 18, 2019 - USD $ 27.30
- "A great cause best of luck." - Paul Boyland
- Feb 18, 2019 - R 102.82
- "Well done, Sarah, Keep it up." - Geoff N
- Feb 14, 2019 - USD $ 56.18
- "For love, and love only." - Phil King
- Feb 14, 2019 - R 203.00
- "Well done Se - you are amazing and love this initiative! Love following your journey - go smash it!" - Hayley de Marigny
- Feb 06, 2019 - R 250.00
- "Good luck from Team FMB! Look forward to updates & photos." - Rich&Mel;
- Feb 05, 2019 - R 1 010.00
- "Good luck and enjoy the walk...Bet you wish it was on a MTB!" - Berg & Bush Familu
- Feb 03, 2019 - USD $ 7.90
- "Donated, great cause. All the best" - RBadal Photography
- Jan 28, 2019 - R 200.00
- "#doyoulikedags? #hyenasforlife" - Sam
- Jan 24, 2019 - R 1 000.00
- "Goodluck" - Gas & General
- Jan 23, 2019 - R 1 100.00
- "Do it for the (African Wild) Dogs! " - Midlands Gas
- Jan 23, 2019 - R 2 000.00
- "Good luck! " - Sunnylea Pre-Primary School
- Jan 21, 2019 - R 160.00
- "So great to be #doingitforthedogs - visit @partofthepack for more information on our project" - Emily Cross & the Part of the Pack team
- Jan 16, 2019 - R 205.64
- "Doing it for the Wild ones" - Kerry B
- Jan 15, 2019 - R 60.00
- "Think this is a great initiative! Keep it up & good luck!" - Painted Dog Fan
- Jan 08, 2019 - USD $ 37.85
- "Go go go go gooooooooooo" - David and Robert
- Nov 26, 2018 - R 205.64
- "Go go go" - Carin Anderson
Donations to dateR 30 973.92
Fundraising targetR 25 600.00
Funds raised offlineR 18 000.00 Donate
We are a team of experienced conservationists - rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty working in the field 365 days a year - to save our endangered and threatened wildlife from extinction. We are an efficient team stretching every cent to make sure it is utilized in meaningful and focused conservation work. Our main focus is on endangered species such as Black Rhino, Painted Dogs and Vultures as well as priority species including Cheetah, Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Hyena.