Dete, Zimbabwe, February 2011


Providential Painted Dogs


The Painted Dog Conservation Project (PDC), not far from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, is definitely one of the most successful conservation projects in the world and this visit, with my friend Renaud Fulconis (, is once again proof. 


I will never forget my first visit here and the children who sang about AIDS during the last evening of an incredible bush camp organized by the PDC.


How many 10 to 12 year olds around you talk about AIDS?  In Zimbabwe, sadly, it is a daily reality. This “silent epidemic” most often hits the children hardest, psychologically and often physically.   


For many, AIDS is a disease of the past, but this virus is more dangerous than ever, everywhere and for everyone.  Educate yourselves, talk about it, especially youth.


St Patrick's Hospital and the PDC actively participate in education, distribution of condoms to help prevent the spread of the disease and treatment (antiretroviral therapy).  Early detection is important in order to be able to act and save lives.  Many people, especially women, are encouraged to undergo testing and to speak more freely with others, and to broach a subject that is taboo because it is so dangerous.


What does this have to do with Painted Dogs?  It is finally clear that to help an animal survive is to assure a good balance with the local community.  The benefits to the local population thanks to the presence of Painted Dogs offer enough reasons to save them.  Greg Rasmussen, Peter Blinston, and the entire team of the PDC understand this and actively participate in, an admirable program largely supported by the Wildlife Conservation Network ( 


On the return trip, I thought to myself that one of these children that sang their despair over AIDS during my first visit will, perhaps, be saved by this program, thanks to these providential Painted Dogs.






Eco-Sys Action attends the OGRAN meeting in the Pendjari Park, Benin, March 2008



The OGRAN (North and West African Cheetah Conservation Institute) aims to gather more information on the very rare North African cheetahs and to enforce conservation programs. The exchange of information between the members of this network is an important step to saving this endangered species.


Delegates from Algeria, Togo, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Benin came together and presented the different findings on the status of the cheetahs. During this meeting Christine Breitenmoser, co-chair of IUCN Cat Specialist Group, and Sarah Durant, who coordinates the cheetah program in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, presented global information on cheetahs in Africa and Iran.



Park rangers from the Pendjari and W National Parks were trained on identification and biology.

By working with park rangers and managements, the OGRAN organization will gather more data on the little known status of cheetah in North and West Africa and establish plan to help its conservation.


It was a great opportunity for Eco-Sys Action to meet with these people and understand the needs of such an endeavour. The first focus for Eco-Sys Action will be in the Benin part of the W National Park, in the Banikoara area.


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