Charity Animal Keyring (Painted Dog Conservation UK)
100% of profits go to Painted Dog Conservation UK.
This charity's sole mission is to protect and save the endangered African painted dogs (Lycaon pictus). PDC UK imports snare wire sculptures from PDC's Iganyana Arts Centre to the UK and sells this artwork, sending the profit back to Zimbabwe where the local community is committed to helping save this species.
Iganyana Arts Centre was created by Painted Dog Conservation in 2003, beginning on a small scale, by identifying, encouraging and training the talent in the area to create art and crafts for the national and international markets. The primary goal of the programme is to bring immediate financial benefit to those artisans whose work proved to be of high quality. A secondary but equally important goal is the teaching of conservation through the sustainable use of natural resources in the selection of products and the materials used to make them. A third benefit is to educate foreign tourists as well as the local residents about the precarious status of the painted dog in Africa, and more specifically in Zimbabwe.
To further educate the world about the destruction of wildlife, and particularly the insidious use of wire snares in illegal poaching, Painted Dog Conservation has contracted local artists to create sculpture made from the torturous wire removed from the bush by the project’s Anti-Poaching Units.
Full information about this charity can be found at www.painteddog.co.uk