The Endangered Wolf Center is proud to host the 4th International African Painted Dog Conference May 16-20, 2022 at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center.

This conference brings together wildlife managers, biologists, conservationists and zoo professionals from around the world to enhance and improve the care of African painted dogs in managed care and to assist in field conservation in the wild.

African painted dogs are a vital species to ecosystem health, yet their numbers have dramatically declined across the African continent for the last several decades. The decline is due to poaching, accidental deaths (motor-vehicle strikes, caught in snares meant for other species, etc.), diseases transmitted by domestic dogs, habitat loss and lack of food resources.

The goal of this conference is to convene experts in the field with the focus of sharing knowledge, identifying conservation and research needs and working together to solve pressing issues to help save this endangered species.

Register Here for the full Conference

Early bird registration is $175 by April 15, 2022; registration is $215 as of April 16, 2022.
With the purchase of one full-price ticket, you will be admitted to the entire conference from May 16th through May 20th.

Register Here for one-day or two-day passes

One-day and two-day passes are also available for those who cannot stay for the whole conference. A one day pass is $80; a two day pass is $160. At the time of registration, please indicate which day or days you will be attending.



St. Louis Lambert International Airport
10701 Lambert International Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63145
Code: STL
Phone: (314) 890-1333



The two preferred hotels are:

Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Southwest (#1 recommended)

5 Lambert Drury Place

Valley Park, MO 63088

Phone: (636) 861-8300,

Reservation link to book online:

Or use Group Code 2439778

Book by April 14, 2022 to guarantee the group discount and room availability.


Hampton Inn St. Louis Southwest (#2 recommended)

9 Lambert Drury Dr

Valley Park, MO 63088

Phone: (636) 529-9020

Use Group Code APD for reservations

Book by April 25, 2022 to guarantee the group discount and room availability.



If the above preferred hotels are booked, please use this hotel:

Drury Inn

1088 S Hwy Dr,

Fenton, MO 63026

Phone: (636) 343-7822



Tentative Itinerary:

Day 1

6pm-8:30pm – Icebreaker at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House.

Day 2-3

International African Painted Dog Conference (being held in the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center).

Day 4

Final presentations and African Painted Dog Species Survival Plan/SAFE Meeting.

Day 5

9am-12pm – Post-conference tour at the Saint Louis Zoo.



“The Center is honored to be chosen to host this prestigious conference,” stated Mark Cross, the Endangered Wolf Center’s Executive Director. “A big part of our mission is to provide opportunities to share best practices, collaborate, and to encourage solution-driven methods to better conserve endangered canids.”

The Endangered Wolf Center has been part of the Association of Zoo’s and Aquarium’s African Painted Dog Species Survival Plan (SSP) since 2003. The Center’s Director of Animal Care and Conservation, Regina Mossotti, is a member of the African Painted Dog SSP Management Committee. The EWC recently celebrated two litters born in November 2018, just four days apart, totaling 23 pups.

In collaboration with Dr. Tammy Cloutier of Antioch University, the EWC conducted ground-breaking research on how nutrition affected pup development with these two litters. Not only does the Endangered Wolf Center assist with the breeding program and conduct research to grow the scientific community’s knowledge, the Center also assists conservation through public education programs. Through the EWC’s educational programs, including live webcams, the Center raises awareness to spur conservation action for this endangered species.

Conference Covid Protocol: Proof of COVID vaccination is required in order to attend the conference. A negative rapid COVID test within the 3 days prior to travel is also required. Masks will be worn indoors (N95 recommended). Exemptions will be made for attendees who cannot be vaccinated for COVID-19 because of a medical reason. Attendees may request an exemption, which must be submitted at the time of registration to [email protected].


Call for Papers:
The 2022 International African Painted Dog Conference will be held in Saint Louis, Missouri, May 16-20, 2022, hosted by the Endangered Wolf Center. Attendees will be able to attend all presentations.

Submit Your Proposal Today!

The International Painted Dog Conference Program Committee is accepting abstracts/proposals for the 2022 Conference.

Please submit your presentation or poster abstract by March 20th, 2022 to Tracy Rein, [email protected].

Register Here