Dr. Gregory Rasmussen has been working exclusively with the highly endangered painted dog since 1989. He established the Painted Dog Conservation project in 2002, and more recently, founded the Painted Dog Research Trust (PDRT) in Zimbabwe.
PDRT's mission is to conserve painted dogs using data and research as the guiding tool. In addition, PDRT is constructing a field based conservation ecology center that will encourage ecological and socioeconomic studies. This will allow for the mentoring of Zimbabwean graduate students and the collaboration of international students and researchers to inspire and train the next generation of motivated, field competent, and passionate conservation biologists.