There are fewer painted wolves left on our planet than elephants, lions, or even rhinos. And yet, very few people are aware of their existence, let alone their plight.

For those who do know the painted wolf, the pall of their history casts a shadow over them today. Persecuted as vermin for over a century, a multitude of malign myths need to be dispelled.

And yet, this is a very special species, full of fascinating behaviors, compassionate caring, and the cutest pups on the savannah. And more than that, they are deserving of our attention – they deserve a seat at conservation’s top table.

Raising awareness of the painted wolf is absolutely critical to raise the funds and the political will necessary to conserve them.