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Talk featuring Dr. Greg Rasmussen, Founder of Painted Dog Research Trust

Franklin Park Zoo

Monday, April 16, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Meeting Barn

Join Dr. Greg Rasmussen, wildlife conservation biologist and founder of the Painted Dog Research Trust (PRDT-USA), for a talk regarding his work with painted dogs in Africa. Rasmussen established Painted Dog Research in 1992 in an effort to support African painted dog scientific research, educational outreach and opportunities, and environmental and wildlife conservation efforts. Through collaboration with local universities, PDRT-USA works with students on projects that benefit both conservation and their education in STEM-related curricula. Learn more about this important work, and the role we can play in wildlife conservation.

Painted dogs (also known as African wild dogs) are members of the Canidae, or true dog, family, along with coyotes, wolves and domestic dogs. These social pack animals are found in the open plains and savannas of Africa. Once common throughout Africa, this species is now listed as Endangered by the IUCN, and it’s estimated that there are between 3,500 – 5,000 animals left spread across 14 African nations.

Painted dog populations are drastically decreasing in the wild due to habitat loss, conflict with human activity, and disease. Despite protective laws, dogs are often killed by herders seeking to protect their domestic livestock. 

This event is included with paid Zoo admission.