Artist Alison Nicholls will talk about Africa’s painted dogs, one of the world’s most endangered predators. “They are an ancient and highly social species not closely related to any other living canid,” says Alison. “Relentlessly persecuted for decades – even within reserves and national parks – the dogs now are one of the most treasured sightings for tourists on safari, yet they remain highly endangered,” she says. Alison will explain how the dogs got their intriguing name; how they care for sick or injured packmates; where they live and why they are endangered; and how her painted dog artwork raises awareness of the species, as well as funds for their conservation. An artist inspired by Africa, she lived in Botswana and Zimbabwe for several years and periodically returns to sketch in the bush. She also works with African conservation organizations and leads art safaris for Africa Geographic. Alison is a signature member of Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists and is a member of the Explorers Club and the Salmagundi Club. To see her art and learn more, visit her website at

Arranged by Tom Lom

Video of her talk:
Alison’s paintings will be on exhibit:

Here are some of the great conservation groups Alison works with:
African People & Wildlife (Tanzania):
Painted Dog Research Trust (Zimbabwe):
Painted Dog Conservation (Zimbabwe):
Cheetah Conservation Fund (Namibia):
Cheetah Conservation Botswana (Botswana):