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Nandi, a painted dog, after being released into new purpose built reserve at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

Nandi, a painted dog, after being released into new purpose built reserve at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

Nandi, a painted dog, after being released into new purpose built reserve at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

African painted dogs have been enjoying their new enclosure at Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster.

Two-year-old sisters Ayandi, Nandi and Thabo have the run of 8,000 square metres which has been crafted to replicate their natural environment and features pools, caves, woodland and dens to make them feel at home.

The much improved reserve is designed to help save the African Painted dogs whose numbers have dwindled from 500,000 to around 5,000 in a decade.

The three female dogs are part of the European breeding programme and will be joined by a suitable male group once they have settled in.

PA Media