Painted Wolf Wines track down Brendan Whittington-Jones

Brendan Whittington-Jones has a range that surpasses that of the African Wild Dog. After spending seven years, relentlessly tracking them for the Endangered Wildlife Trust, he has moved to Oman and, at times, travels back to South Africa. Using complex and sophisticated tracking techniques (aka social media and email) we have managed to persuade him to come see us.

On the evening of Thursday February 11, between 5 and 7:30 p.m, he will be our guest at a private evening for our pack at the Chavonnes Battery Museum. Our wines will be poured, nibbles will be provided and Brendan will tell us some of his stories.

If you are not familiar with Brendan’s work, then here are six things you should know about him:

1.       He describes himself as a “a Capetonian and a ginger – a pearler of a combination”

2.       Author of recently published African Wild Dogs - on the front line, - described as “a gripping read with plenty of anecdotes, providing a window into conservationists’ struggles to manage wild dog populations”

3.       Former National Wild Dog Metapopulation Project Coordinator for the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)

4.       He acted as “Wild Dog travel agent” by successfully coordinating the relocation of an entire pack of wild dogs from Thanda Game Reserve in KZN to Tswala in the Northern Cape  in 2013 – with the aid of the Bataleurs and WildlifeACT

5.       Former Thula Thula Private Game Reserve manager and right hand man to Lawrence Anthony for the Baghdad Zoo animal rescue in 2003 (immortalised by Lawrence in the book Babylon’s Ark)

6.       He judges a person on whether or not they like wild dogs - which is why he likes us.

If you are as excited as we are about meeting up with Brendan and hearing his stories, then please reserve your places by emailing admin@paintedwolfwines.com. Places will be confirmed with full payment only.

Tickets cost R200 per person (R150 if you are a wineclub member). The ticket price will include entrance to the museum to view the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, wine, snacks and a R50 donation to KZNWAG Emergency Response Fund through WildlifeACT.