Three Different Virtual Fundraising Events!

We are very excited to announce that we have created three, very different, virtual fundraising events.


Each event reaches a different audience while providing something for the participants and funds for our wildlife protection, conservation, and education programs.


April 25th 

African Painted Dog 5k/10k 

NOW A VIRTUAL EVENT ONLY: Pace the Painted Dog, if you dare! Join us for the 2nd annual Painted Dog 5k/10k!!

As we move forward, we understand that running/walking still remains one of the safest activities, especially when done alone. We know that in these trying times, running/walking will be a very useful tool in stress relief and maintaining healthy living, so with that we are continuing our race as a VIRTUAL EVENT! Wherever you are able to safely continue an active lifestyle, we want to offer the opportunity to motivate and promote that, as well as a chance to still make a difference for an endangered species. The Painted dog still needs you! Whether it is on the treadmill in the garage, running around the living room, or around the house, continue to challenge yourself. Select the Virtual 5k or Virtual 10k race, run/walk your miles on your own, when, and where you want, and get your medal, shirt, and goodies in the mail!



5k – $40 +shipping
10k – $50 +shipping

The most successful endurance hunter(runner) in the world needs your help! Here is your opportunity to race in honor and support of one of Africa’s most endangered species, the Painted dog or “African Wild dog”. Able to run 44mph at a sprint and hold 35mph for 3 miles, the Painted dog boasts a hunting success rate of 80-85%.

Running tech T-shirt, finisher medal, and sponsored goodie bags.

Being the most recent addition to Global Conservation Force’s focal species, we’ve been able to achieve quite a lot for the Painted dog in a relatively short amount of time.

EDUCATION: In collaboration with a partner in Zimbabwe, we have supported an effort to build education facilities for a rural community that commonly encounters Painted dogs. These facilities will provide lessons & immersive experiences in local wildlife, sustainability practices, and introductory science. Essentially, the goal is to provide a community with the tools and resources they need to successfully co-exist with their native wildlife and assist in solving human-wildlife conflicts. Not only have we supported the effort in monetary terms, but also in providing lessons and interactive materials to the program, credit to our GCF education/outreach coordinators! We were also a helping hand in the production of an awareness segment for Painted dogs with a major news company here in the US.

RANGER SUPPORT: We have deployed one of our hand-to-hand combat instructors and one of our field medic instructors to two organizations in Africa that focus on conservation efforts for Painted dogs. Both organizations have anti-poaching ranger units that patrol the reserves and/or national park regions in their respective area. We provided those ranger units with advanced training to keep them safe in the event they need to apprehend a poaching suspect. These units are almost solely responsible for removing poaching snares in those Painted dog habitats. Snares are still one of the main causes for Painted dog fatalities. Outside of this effort, GCF anti-poaching rangers are often assisting in patrols and snare removals in many regions that Painted dogs pass through if not den in. We also try to provide small gear/equipment when possible too, such as portable power banks to keep communications and records up and running.

RE-LOCATION: So far we have collaborated with a partner and provided a re-location to a pack in need. Though we would love all packs to travel far and wide within their very large territories, as you know, habitat loss can create some fragmentations in populations which in turn can severely impact that population’s ability to thrive. In the exceptional cases where an area may be facing a far too extreme case of human-wildlife conflict with the species, meaning farmers may have plans to kill them immediately and in conjunction there is a habitat once inhabited by Painted dogs that is suitable to re-populate, we would like to provide those opportunities. If possible, we would like to complete another re-location some time this year if a particular population continues to grow yet be shut off from the neighboring populations.

In the future, we have hopes of providing vaccinations to keep down the threat of rabies, potentially try to fund some tracking collars to give more conservationists/researchers a fighting chance to locate and check on the dogs for snares as well as communicate with the communities the dogs are closest to, and more wildlife education resources for children and young adults who see Painted dogs in their areas. We take our projects and efforts as far as we can with the funds that we raise!

Interested in being a sponsor for this event or know someone who is? Contact our Painted Dog Conservation Coordinator Weston Popichak, at, to learn more about our sponsorship tiers and donation needs!

April 25th

Let us “Bake your day!”

Our Global Conservation Force team is hoping you are all safe and well at home. As part of our mission to collaborate worldwide for conservation, we would like to take this time to work with our local small businesses.

Let us “bake” your day on April 25th, 1pm Pacific Standard Time, through an online cookie decorating class with local foodie and baking extraordinaire, Savanah Shick from SavvySweets. Savanah is a local San Diegan baker with a passion to instill purpose and inspire others to do what they love. In addition to her showing us how to decorate animal themed cookies, we will also have finished product cookies seal-wrapped and ready for sale to send to your loved ones in case you’d like to bake their day as well! SavvySweets ( has volunteered to virtually livestream a lesson on how to make and decorate animal-themed goodies while YOU simultaneously support opportunities for Global Conservation Force to teach abroad!

Once done with the class, we would love to see your finished creations and animal cookies by tagging us in all your photos, videos, and stories on FB or IG using the “#savethechubbyunicorns” and Global Conservation Force
If you’re happy with your creations and are looking for the next challenge, let us know if you are interested in a cake pop class while we are on livestream or shoot us a message.

This online baking class will take place on April 25th from [insert time frame] at a suggested donation price of $15.00 to enroll. You don’t need to have a baking background to join-we’ll walk you through every step of the way! Save your spot in class through this link:

We hope to see you there!

🚨Ingredients not included. Please see below for ingredients list.🚨

Don’t have the ingredients and home?Looking for a pre-made kit for this exact recipe?

Follow the link for an Icing and Sugar Cookie Kit.

May 4th 

“May the 4th be with you”

Are you a Star Wars fan? Ready to challenge your knowledge? Join us on May 4th for a virtual “May The 4th Be With You” trivia night!

First Place ) 2 Disneyland Park Hopper tickets

Second Place ) Chipotle gift certificates

Third Place) GCF Fight Poaching, Fight Extinction T shirt

This two hour event will be composed of three rounds of questions, at $25 per registration. Trivia will begin promptly at 5pm. This trivia event is limited to 50 registrations, so save your spot now!

Once registered for the event, please download the free app “Kahoot” and create and account to participate.

100% of funds raised during our event will go towards supporting educational projects in Africa and Asia. Our partnered education programs worldwide will help us in the fight against extinction for endangered animals.




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