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February 7

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Trials and Triumphs: Conserving Painted Dogs in a Human-dominated Landscape

11:30am in the Chase Administration Building, Tennity Boardroom

This event is free to the public.

Dr. Greg Rasmussen, Executive Director and Founder of the Painted Dog Research Trust, is coming to The Living Desert to host a presentation on the Painted Dog Research Trust and their efforts to conserve African painted dogs. Click here to learn about The Living Desert's recent work with Dr. Rasmussen and the Painted Dog Research Trust.

Dr. Rasmussen completed his PhD at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University and has a diverse range of research interests, with his most recent being trans-boundary conservation. In 1989 he started researching the endangered painted dog and engaged with ranchers who were shooting the dogs. In a feat never before achieved, he stopped the killing countrywide.  He had a vision for an all-encompassing conservation project that dealt with ecological as well as socioeconomic issues that impinged on painted dogs. He succeeded and founded Painted Dog Conservation, which grew to be a model for conservation. 

In 2014 Dr. Rasmussen left Painted Dog Conservation and founded Painted Dog Research Trust. There, he continues his lifelong research and pursues a new vision. Being resolute that conservation must be underpinned by sound science, this includes the birth of a field-based conservation ecology center to inspire and train tomorrow's generation of conservationists. Here whilst applying field data, he mentors young Zimbabwean and international university students.   

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