Painted Dog Research Trust
|NAME||Painted Dog Research Trust|
|REGION||Zambezi National Park, Matetsi Safari Area|
|AREAS OF FOCUS||Monitoring, Research, Education, Community, Awareness, Anti-Poaching, Habitat Conservation|
|NO OF PAINTED WOLVES IN AREA||90|
|KEY PERSONNEL||Dr Gregory Rasmussen, Mkhalalwa Moyo, Mahlabezulu Zulu|
The mission of the Painted Dog Research Trust is to conserve painted dogs using data and research as the guiding tool.
Painted Dog Research Trust (PDRT) aims to work towards the KAZA goal “To improve the long-term viability of the world’s largest contiguous painted dog population by securing suitable habitat, improving transboundary connectivity and realizing the species’ value, in the context of sustainable development and environmental change.”
Dr Greg Rasmussen’s research commenced in 1987 making his work the longest single-focused study into painted wolves. Conservation is achieved through research into painted wolves and their habitat, promotion of conservation at schools, and the facilitation of academic and practical training of Zimbabwean students and graduates with the explicit intent of securing a future generation of Zimbabwean conservation scientists. In addition, PDRT engages in community enrichment and development.