Shaba Welcomes Healthy Litter of Puppies

$50k Matching Grant + 13 Adorable #GivingTuesday Ambassadors

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Friends, we have a $50,000 matching grant on the table from Giving Tuesday through the end of the year – plus 13 honorary ambassadors to announce. You guessed it, we have pups!

We’re celebrating a historic first successful litter of African painted dogs, thanks to a rock star of a new mom, Shaba. Keepers have been with her 24/7, and have watched her attentively nursing and cleaning her pups and keeping them in her den. (Want a peek inside? Our WebCam is live!)

Director of Animal Care and Conservation Regina Mossotti worked with world-renowned African Painted Dog biologist and conservationist, Dr. Greg Rasmussen, in Zimbabwe to see what den design would work best for a habitat in North America. No small challenge. Through their collaboration, a new $5000 insulated home was designed with maze-like corridors mimicking wild dens to help them feel safe and comfortable.

It’s this type of thoughtful innovation in wildlife conservation and species survival that your contributions help support. Please consider sponsoring Shaba or one of our other Adoptable Animals – a great holiday gift for animal lovers – or donating during this valuable window to help us meet this full generous match. Thank you for your support.