African Painted Dog Conservation Event a Success

Thanks to Fassler Hall and to the generosity of Oklahoma City Zoo fans, the Painted Dog Research Trust (PDRT) raised $1,000 for African painted dog conservation!

Dr. Greg Rasmussen, Painted Dog Research Trust Director

Dr. Greg Rasmussen, director of the PDRT, was on-hand for "PAWS for a Cause" at Fassler Hall in Oklahoma City on Thursday, March 28. Fassler donated 20% of sales to PDRT from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This generated $1,000 for the conservation organization.

Dr. Rasmussen at PAWS for a Cause at Fassler Hall in OKC

Since 2016, the Oklahoma City Zoo has partnered with the PDRT to provide financial support from the Round Up for Conservation Fund for their mission and sent staff to assist in the organization’s field work.

Rachael Robinson from OKC Zoo in Zimbabwe with PDRT

Prior to the PAWS for a Cause event, Dr. Rasmussen hosted a lunch-and-learn event for OKC Zoo employees detailing his organization’s educational and conservation work in Zimbabwe.

The OKC Zoo, home to African painted dogs since 1972, currently has five painted dogs as part of its animal family.

African Painted Dogs - Photo Credit Andrea Johnson

The PDRT is dedicated to the conservation of the highly endangered African painted dog, formerly known as the African wild dog. It’s estimated that fewer than 7,000 remain in the wild. Learn more at

Painted Dog Photo by Andrea Johnson

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