The Painted Dog
This five-toed African predator claims the south of the Sahara Desert as its domain. The colorful species; however, has become endangered due to habitat loss, hunting, poisoning and diseases from domestic animals.
The Wilds leads the conservation charge for the painted dogs by providing a safe home for them. The Columbus Zoo Fund for Conservation also does its part by supporting the protection and monitoring of these animals and the education of others on the painted pups in Zambia, Tanzania and other African countries.