Tasmania Zoo welcomes three African wild dogs

WELCOME: African wild dogs, brothers Dwama and Kondo and female Inda have settled in well at Tasmania Zoo. Picture: Paul Scambler
WELCOME: African wild dogs, brothers Dwama and Kondo and female Inda have settled in well at Tasmania Zoo. Picture: Paul Scambler

Things are a little bit wilder at Tasmania Zoo with the addition of three African hunting dogs

Two brothers Dwama and Kondo and female Inda have been brought to the state as part of a species conservation program.

Also known as African wild dogs or painted dogs, the trio arrived from Perth Zoo last week and have settled in well, according to Tasmania Zoo manager Rochelle Penney.

“While these three are not part of the breeding program, by having them here in Tasmania it frees up more space for the team in Perth to continue their breeding program,” ms Penney said. 

“They are a very compassionate breed, even if they don’t look it. 

“They are very skilled hunters and are known to chase their prey to the point of exhaustion. 

“They are an endangered species so everything we can do to protect and promote them is very important.”

Ms Penney said the breed were once found in almost 40 countries with 500,000 found in the wild. But due to land loss and hunting, that number is now closer to 5000.