African painted dog (Lycaon pictus)

​A risk assessment has been undertaken for the African painted dog (Lycaon pictus). The assessment concluded that the risk posed by importing African painted dog (Lycaon pictus) into Tasmania is serious.

As part of the import assessment process and following the initial risk assessment consideration was given to possible mitigation to reduce the risk associated with importing African painted dogs.

These measures could include: 

  1. Restricting importation by any wildlife park or zoo to desexed animals, to ensure that no breeding of the species can occur. 
  2. Requiring any wildlife park or zoo to ensure the holding facility meets the stringent keeping standards of New South Wales, which Tasmania has applied consistently across all wildlife parks, in the absence of National Guidelines.
  3. Requiring any wildlife park or zoo to ensure that the wildlife park is secured by a lockable perimeter fence that meets Australian Standards and the Standards for Exhibiting Animals in NSW. 
  4. Requiring any wildlife park or zoo to submit an African painted dog Species Management Plan (including enclosure details) if import is approved.  

It should be noted that in the past the Department’s standard procedure for considering the importation of animals was essentially that most species that were assessed as ‘serious risk’ would be permitted into the State with appropriate mitigation measures. The mitigation measures essentially are enforced through the Exhibition Licence and hence in the past, licenced exhibitors have generally received approval for importation of animals assessed as ‘serious risk’.

Assessment Documentation


Wildlife Services

GPO Box 44,
HOBART, TAS, 7001.