This interview was a real treat and one we highly anticipated. We were joined by Dr. Greg Rasmussen, who by all rights is the “Jane Goodall” of the African Painted Dogs. These are one of the most iconic and endangered animals on the African continent. We covered this incredible species in Episode 91: A Masterpiece, the African Painted Dog and hunted down Dr. Rasmussen to get his insight on his work in Zimbabwe with one of the most incredible species we have covered to date.
Dr Greg Rasmussen Biography
The following was taken from the Painted Dog Research Trust website.
PDRT is headed By Dr Gregory Rasmussen who has been exclusively working with this highly endangered carnivore since 1989. Currently his core team comprise MK Moyo who is his field technician tracker and right hand man as well as his Zimbabwean graduate students Tendai Nekatambe who is doing her Masters at NUST University Bulawayo, Tatenda Muchopa, and Tafadzwa Shumba.
The mission of the organization is to conserve Painted Dogs using data and research as the guiding tool. It is also intended that through the research Zimbabwean graduate d students will be mentored with the intention of creating a generation of motivated, field competent, and passionate conservation biologists.
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Greg Rasmussen (born in London, UK) is a British Wildlife conservation biologist who has studied the African Wild Dog for over twenty years, working in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. He is the founder and Director of the Painted Dog Conservation project.
Rasmussen was born in London but moved to Zimbabwe with his parents when he was eleven years old where he attended Falcon College. This was followed by a spell in the merchant navy. In 1988 Joshua Ginsberg offered him a job observing animals in Hwange National Park. He established the Painted Dog Conservation project in 2002.
Painted Dog Trust
Please consider donating to the Painted Dog Trust and please you USE THIS LINK.
Your money will go directly to Dr. Rasmussen’s next research project, which he referenced at the end of the interview. African Painted Dogs are most vulnerable to automobiles speeding in the Zambezi Delta. Dr. Rasmussen’s latest project is trying to slow drivers down and he needs our support.
Also, please visit and support Painted Dog Protection Initiative