Question Sheet: Saving Africa’s Wild Dogs
- What do you think a “painted dog” might look like?
- Why might some people, including scientists, be interested in saving
Africa’s wild dogs?
- Describe Rasmussen’s observation schedule when he tracks African painted
- When he’s observing wild dogs, why doesn’t Rasmussen put up a tent at night?
- How has the number of painted dogs changed in the last century?
- What sorts of prejudices do painted dogs face?
- How is cooperation important to painted dogs?
- What is the importance of the “magic number” for the size of packs of
- How might your strategies for protecting an endangered animal differ,
depending on whether the animal is cute or ferocious?
- Would you be willing to live the life that Rasmussen does to learn about and
help save painted dogs? Why or why not? Why do you think he lives the way he
does? See www.davidshepherd.org/red_alert/red_alert_alive_painted_dog.shtml
(David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation) and www.predatorconservation.com/painted_dog_project.htm (Predator Conservation Trust).
- Compare the challenges of saving painted dogs with the challenges of saving
another endangered species (of your choice). See www.endangeredspecie.com/(Lauren Kurpis).
- Compare the ways in which an artist like Alison Nicholls can help save
painted dogs with the ways that a scientist can help save the animal. See www.painteddog.org/(Painted Dog Conservation Project).
- How is a wild dog different from a domesticated one? In what ways are they
the same? See wilddog.hypermart.net/Home/Wild_dog_page/
WildDog_WebSite/index.htm(Wild Dog Foundation).
- Where might people get misconceptions about painted dogs? How do you change
people’s minds and their attitudes to painted dogs? See www.painteddogconservation.iinet.net.au/Education.htm (Painted
- Describe the environment in which African painted dogs live. Where would you
travel to see painted dogs? See www.arkive.org/species/GES/mammals/
- Where in Africa are the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans? What makes this an
interesting area for tourists to visit? See www.southerndestinations.com/destinations/botswana/
- Write a short story about painted dogs based on the moment shown in the
painting made by Alison Nicholls.
- Suppose that you work for the Painted Dog Conservation Project. Write a
persuasive letter to someone interested in painted dogs, explaining what painted
dogs are and why these animals are worth saving.
You have to move 10 elephants to a new location, and you have a choice of two parks. Adventure Park is 100 acres. It produces 40 pounds of vegetation per acre per day. Safari Park is 225 acres. It produces 12 pounds of vegetation per acre each day. If the 10 elephants require approximately 300 pounds of vegetation per day, to which park should you move the elephants?