Painted Dog Valley Painted Dog Valley is home to a pack of African painted dogs. African painted dogs are known for their large, round ears and beautifully “painted”, multi-colored coats. At the turn of the 20th century there were more than 500,000 painted dogs in 39 countries. Today, there are only 3,000 dogs in Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa combined. The painted dog yard is arguably the most attractive exhibit at the Zoo. With the beautiful trees, babbling brook, and rolling topography, it looks like a perfect place to pitch a tent and set up camp. All the more remarkable when you consider that this fine landscaping sits atop an engineering marvel. Beneath the trees and grass is a massive storage facility that captures, filters, and reuses storm water runoff. So the irrigation that keeps this exhibit green when water is needed, comes from the rain that falls on it when it is not.