Painted Wolf Wines donates R20,000 to conservation during lock down: June 2020

(PAARL, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA: June 2020) We received enormous support from the public during the phase 4 lock down period, with a significant number of orders being placed for delivery in June. Through these sales, we have been able to donate R20,000 to the Endangered Wildlife Trust, https://www.ewt.org.za/ which will be allocated to the African wild dog project headed up by Cole du Plessis. Cole is the Wild Dog Range Expansion Project Coordinator & KZN Regional Carnivore Coordinator.

Painted Wolf Wines has been donating to conservation in Southern Africa since the establishment of the company in 2007. For the past 11 years, our sales in Southern and East Africa have funded the EWT. As a major supplier to the safari lodges and the hospitality sector, we were faced with the potential of having to reduce our donations.

With any sales direct to the public, we are also able to increase our per bottle donation, and this will be ongoing. Friends in conservation are very concerned about declining donations at a time when wilderness areas are extremely vulnerable and local communities depending on tourism are struggling.

Cole du Plessis says “Painted Wolves (African wild dog) have written their very own underdog story. A history of deliberate persecution, habitat fragmentation, snaring and disease are some of the threats that have certainly knocked away at the species, but they keep fighting back. The EWT and Painted Wolf Wines continue to work together to join them in this fight. There are however no short-term solutions. We have to mitigate the ongoing threats, raise their profile and expand their range to increase the population numbers. If we can create this platform for them, then we can leave it to South Africa’s most endangered carnivore to do the rest. Their intelligence, resilience and pack cohesion certainly make them capable of that. Thank you Painted Wolf Wines for your support in sticking by the Painted Wolves and for doing your part in saving the species.”