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Painted Dog Conservation: The Trials and Tribulations of Conserving an Endangered Predator in a Human-Dominated Landscape
Monday, March 4, 2013 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Conservation Conversations Series
Featured Speaker: Greg Rasmussen, Ph.D. Research Director, Painted Dog Conservation
Greg Rasmussen grew up in Zimbabwe where he developed a strong affinity for wildlife and spent his school holidays in the laboratories of the Natural History Museum. He has worked with the painted dog exclusively for 24 years and, consequently, is one of the top authorities on painted dogs.
Photo credit: Painted Dog Conservation
Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) is a leading model for community-based predator conservation. By combining the most advanced modern technology with traditional knowledge of local communities, PDC has experienced great success – Zimbabwe’s wild dog population has increased from 400 to 700 individuals since the project’s inception. PDC’s model also brings direct benefit to local people with increased employment and unparalleled education opportunities.
This Conservation Conversation will discuss the unique ecology of the painted dog and how studying the painted dog in a landscape dominated by negative attitudes and misconceptions is leading to changing attitudes of ranchers and the general public.
Location: Saint Louis Zoo Living World Auditorium. Parking is FREE in the Zoo North Lot.
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend. For more information call 314-646-4544 or 314-533-8586. Registration not required.
Conservation Conversations co-sponsor:
Conservation Conversations are underwritten in part through the generous support of Cooper Bussmann.