Growing up painted dog: How packs in the wild teach their pups to survive.

Painted Dogs Speaker SeriesMeet the Endangered Wolf Center’s 23 painted dogs puppies and hear world renown African painted dog biologist, Dr. Greg Rasmussen discuss the unique way that African painted dog packs care for their pups. Ensuring the pups’ survival takes every member of the family to help, but it is not without challenges in the harsh African wild.

“They have an incredible social system,” Dr. Greg Rasmussen describes the African painted dog packs he has studied in Africa. “There’s no hierarchy, no fighting, no leadership struggles,” he said. Dr. Rasmussen, founder of the Painted Dog Research Trust (PDRT), has been researching painted dogs in the wild for over 20 years.

African painted dogs are one of the most endangered species in Africa. Once native to all sub-Saharan Africa, there are now less than 6,000 left and their numbers are declining due to poaching, loss of habitat and the introduction of domestic dog diseases. PDRT is an organization that is dedicated on saving African painted dogs in Botswana and throughout Africa through research and community outreach.

This event is a fundraiser which will benefit the African painted dogs (especially the 23 pups that were just born) at the Endangered Wolf Center. Also, a portion of the proceeds from this evening will help support the Painted Dog Research Trust to help with conservation in the wild. Cost per ticket is $50. Please call 636-938-5900 or go to the link below to make your reservation. Seats are limited, so make your reservations today!

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