About Us

Painted Dog Conservation Incorporated (Australia)is a non-profit organisation, established in October 2003 to provide support for projects in Africa that are actively conserving the endangered African Wild Dog, also known as the Painted Hunting Dog or Painted Wolf. Originally focussed on the Painted Dog Research Project in Zimbabwe, we now also support projects in South Africa, Zambia and Namibia.

Painted Dog Conservation Incorporated (PDC Inc) was founded by Greg Gibbard, John and Angela Lemon, Richard (Dick) Watson, Chris and Margie McClelland, May and Wilf Core and Lyn Clune, and is registered in Western Australia

Membership to the association is open to all Australian residents and to the International community, and donations are tax deductible to Australian residents. Please browse through our website, the following pages contain lots of interesting dog facts plus merchandise for sale and information on how you can support our work.

Our new initiative "Doggy Dollars" has just been launched-please visit "Support Us"- Doggy Dollars page to learn how just a couple of dollars per week can make a real difference to our frontline projects!

Mission Statement

PDC Inc's mission is the:

  • Provision of resources and facilities to support research into the African Painted Dog (Lycaon pictus)
  • Conservation of the African Painted dog with particular emphasis on threat prevention
  • Education of the wider community on Painted dogs and related wildlife issues
  • Treatment and care of sick or injured Painted dogs and the rehabilitation of such dogs back into their natural environment
  • Increasing in the range states the population of the African Painted Dog

Objects of Association

To advance conservation for the public benefit of the African Painted Dog, (also referred to as a Wild Dog) Lycaon pictus, through education promoting and disseminating research into such conservation and seeking to achieve their sustainable management.

To establish and maintain a public fund to be called, “Painted Dog Conservation Incorporated, Public Fund” for the specific purpose supporting the environmental objects/purposes of Painted Dog Conservation Incorporated. The fund is established to receive all gifts of money or property for this purpose and any money received because of such gifts must be credited to its bank account. The Fund may not receive any other money or property into its bank account and will comply with subdivision 30-E of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

The property and income of the Association shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the objects of the Association and no part of that property or income may be paid or otherwise distributed, directly or indirectly, to members, except in good faith in the promotion of those objects.

Public Fund Committee Details

John Lemon (Chairman)

For more information about John click here

Angela Lemon (Vice Chair and Secretary)

Carol Shannon (Treasurer)

Commitee Members

Wayne Hamilton

Ric Dunlop


  • One Fight Unite

    John and Angela Lemon of Painted Dog Conservation Inc are thrilled to be representing PDC Inc in the “One Fight. Unite. campaign – which is run by RAGES ( Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species) Dr Jane Goodall is the Patron of RAGES. One Fight. Unite. is a global movement that is raising awareness by uniting communities, groups and individuals together in a single unified voice. It is currently running the “Say No” campaign -whereby people all over the world taking the pledge to make a difference are signing the “Tears of the Rhino” artwork by Perth Artist Paula Weigmink. Celebrities who have taken this pledge include Ricky Gervais, Russell Brand, Brian May, Sir David Attenborough, Dr Jane Goodall, Dame Sheldrick, Kevin Richardson, Jeremy Irons, Michael Fassbender, Jean-Claude Van Damme….and many more.

    Visit the One Fight Unite Campaign


    PDC Inc held three exclusive Fundraising events across Australia in June 2015 with our special guest KEVIN RICHARDSON-THE LION WHISPERER

    Our Perth, Sydney and Melbourne events were at full capacity, with over 500 guests in attendance, helping us raise an incredible amount of $114,000!!!!!!! Guests were given updates of our recent activities and achievements, followed by Kevin's stories and updates on little George and Yame and his continous fight against the Canned Hunting Campaign.

    We were thrilled to have our Patron, Simon Reeve as our MC at our Perth and Sydney events, with Allison Langdon from 60 Minutes as MC at our Melbourne event-you may remember Allison's interview with Kevin last year!

    Each event concluded with a great African Auction-with an incredible array of unique items including artwork by Fuz Caforio, Suzanne Unrein, Amanda Weatherlake,Suzanne Elizabeth, Steve Morvell, Chris McLelland, Allen Pashai,Tom Middleton, Anna Rita Centura, Richard Symonds, photography by Gary Lankford and Jason Arundell, sculptures by Nick Mackman...and much much more....with a highly sort after week of volunteering at Kevin's Sanctuary a best seller!

    Kevin with PDC Inc Patron and MC Simon Reeve

    Kevin with Melbourne MC Allison Langdon of 60 Minutes

    L-R: Kevin Richardson, PDC Inc Vice Chairman and Chairman Angela and John Lemon, PDC Inc Patron and MC Simon Reeve

  • PDC Inc is pleased to announce we are now one of the approved Charities available to support through the "GOOD COMPANY" Work place giving organisation. This is a fantastic coup, allowing both individuals to donate through this site, in addition to any workplacess that encourage Workplace Giving, to promote PDC Inc to their employees. Please visit http://www.goodcompany.com.au/charity/Painted-Dog-Conservation-Incorporated

    Our current campaign, as featured on "Weekend Sunrise" by our Patron, Simon Reeve, was fundraisin to assist Kevin Richardson to transport two abused lion cub brothers from Madrid to South Africa. These cubs were being kept on a poor diet to keep them small, and were being used to earn income through photgraphs with tourists. CACH (Campaign Against Canned Hunting) discovered the cubs, arranged confiscation through appropriate Wildlife Authorities. Kevin's facility was named as the most appropriate "forever home" for the two cubs

    We are pleased to announce through your generosity, PDC Inc was able to raise $11,000 towards this campaign, and also name the two boys "George and Yame"

    Not only have they now arrived safely at Kevin's Sanctuary, but they will continue to be ambassador animals for the anti-cub petting and canned hunting campaigns.....so thank you once again.

    L-R: George and Yame just after their rescue; George and Yame at Kevin's Sanctuary

  • PDC Inc is pleased to announce that our activities are now endorsed by Sir Richard Branson

    "I am proud to endorse the activities of Painted Dog Conservation Incorporated, and encourage you to support their cause to prevent the extinction of this unique species"

Our Supporters

We owe a great deal of thanks to many private individuals donors and supporters

Patrons of Painted Dog Conservation Inc

  • Tony Park

    Tony Park is the Australian author of six thriller novels set in southern Africa.

    His seventh novel, "The Delta" was released in August 2010. “The Delta” is set largely in the Moremi Game Reserve and the cast of characters includes a mysterious spy who masquerades as a preacher, by the name of Sydney Chipchase, and a bush-savvy painted dog researcher by the name of John Lemon.

    On June 1 2010 his second non fiction book was released -and it is about dogs of a very different kind to painted ones. “War Dogs” is the biography of Shane Bryant, a former Australian Army and police explosive sniffer dog handler who has been working as a contract dog handler in Afghanistan these past four years.

    Tony and his wife, Nicola, spend six months of every year traveling through Africa, where

    Tony researches and writes his books. His books, FAR HORIZON (2004), ZAMBEZI (2005), AFRICAN SKY(2006), SAFARI(2007) , SILENT PREDATOR(2008), IVORY (2009) and THE DELTA (2010) deal with issues such as conservation, hunting, poaching, crime, and corruption.

    Tony was born in 1964 and grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. He has worked as a newspaper reporter in Australia and England, as a government press secretary, a public relations consultant, and a freelance writer.

    He is also a major in the Australian Army Reserve and served six months in Afghanistan in 2002 as the public affairs officer for the Australian ground forces.

    When they're not in Africa, camping in the continent's magnificent national parks and living out of the back of their old Series III Land Rover (which they leave garaged in southern Africa), Tony and Nicola live in Sydney.

    Click here for the press pack

  • Bradley Trevor Greive

    Bradley is PDC Inc's Founding Patron -he is a best selling author with sales worldwide exceeding 20 million books and is a Governor of the Taronga Foundation.

    Click here for the press pack.

  • Simon Reeve

    We are honoured to have Simon on board-apart from his extensive media history with Beyond 200, Seasons, Wildlife, Good Medicine, Quizmaster,It's Academic, The Force and currently a reporter on Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise , and the new host of Million Dollar Minute (to name a few!), he is passionate about Africa and it's wildlife, and moved to Botswana with his family for 2 years.

    In this time he established "Kwando Productions" and produced 2 series of "Mad Mike and Mark" for Animal Planet USA.

  • ARKive


  • Australian Society of Zoo Keeping Inc


  • Humane Society International Australia


  • Perth Zoo


  • Save African Rhino Foundation


  • Chris & Margie McClelland - Wildprints


  • Steve Morvell Wildlife Art


  • Donald Pedigo

    Geoff and Kim Hoddy

    Syd and Sue Chipchase

    Mike Palmer

    South Perth Fresh IGA

  • Road Runner Signs


  • Bush Palette


  • Esprits D'Aventures France


  • Pet Magic


  • National Zoo & Aquarium Canberra


  • Monarto Zoo


  • Kafunta Lodge


  • The Bushcamp Company


  • Smoov Business Solutions

  • Westcare


  • Sticky Tickets


  • Creations 4 Wildlife


  • Untamed Brewing Company