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Crafting for Conservation

Current initiative


Wild dogs

Wild dogs (Photo "Wild dogs" by Michael Sale is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0)

The Iganyana Arts Centre was established in 2003 by Painted Dog Conservation. At the centre, local artists turn wire snares collected by anti-poaching units into sculptures. Artists are paid per piece for their products and a key goal is to teach and encourage conservation through the sustainable use of natural resources. Sculptures are shipped to the USA and Europe, with proceeds raised going towards supporting anti-poaching efforts and awareness raising activities.



Dete, which lies on the border of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

The poaching and wildlife trade problem

Species affected African Wild Dog Lycaon pictus

Overview of the problem

Wire snares for illegal poaching are common.

The strategy

Increasing livelihoods that are not related to wildlife

(Non-wildlife-based) enterprise development/support

Improving education and awareness

Organisers, donors and partners

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