At Taste of Adventure, you’ll spend the evening at the Conference Center in the Wildlife Museum exploring the unique culture, history and cuisine of a different place. Each experience includes social time, a self-guided tour of the Wildlife Museum with a visit to the Earl Bane Gallery to see our latest exhibit, a delectable dinner featuring the cuisine of the featured country, and a presentation by an authority on the subject.

Admission to Taste of Adventure (that includes all of the above), is $30 for members, $35 for non members.

Make your (required) reservations online, by calling (785)827-9488 ext. 117, or e-mail Reservation deadline is 5:00 pm the Tuesday before each event.

Taste of Adventure - African Painted Dogs
February 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
This event is FULL!

We have a wonderful opportunity to bring in featured speaker, Dr. Greg Rasmussen (featured below), for our Taste of Adventure series on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Dr. Rasmussen is best known for his conservation work with African painted dogs. This special Taste of Adventure will be replacing the event originally scheduled for March 6th.

This Taste of Adventure experience will feature the cuisine from Zimbabwe, along with a social hour, a self-guided tour of the Wildlife Museum, dinner and a dynamic presentation by Dr. Rasmussen. Admission to Taste of Adventure, is $30 for members or $35 for non members.


  • Salad – mixed romaine and iceberg with carrot, tomato, red onion, cucumber, olive and lemon vinaigrette Dinner rolls & butter
  • Sadza – cooked corn meal (or mealie meal) with water and served VERY thick.  So thick it is eaten with fingersVery small serving on the plate 1/8 cup to ¼ cup size
  • Muriwo – cooked spinach with onion, butter and chicken broth
  • Sweet Potatoes – sprinkled with cinnamon
  • 8 oz Beef Chuck Tenderloin – rubbed with garlic and rosemary, baked and served with mushroom brown sauce
  • Dessert – lemon meringue tarts
    (menu items subject to change without notice)

About Dr. Greg Rasmussen
Dr. Gregory Rasmussen grew up in Zimbabwe where he developed a strong affinity for wildlife - to the point of spending all of his spare time in the laboratories of the Natural History Museum. He joined the British merchant Navy where he studied at the Warsash Naval College in Southampton, and traveled the world. While on the ships he took an interest in research. In 1978 he received the Bracknell (UK) award for meteorological work on ocean currents. He then joined the Transglobe Expedition bound for the North & South Poles under Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Afterward, he returned to Africa and completed two more degrees in order to pursue a wildlife career.

Twenty-two years ago Dr. Rasmussen started researching the endangered painted dog under the umbrella of Painted Dog Research and began engaging with ranchers that were shooting the dogs. After a few years of cooperation, the shooting stopped completely and he has been hailed as one of the few conservationists to ever achieve this goal. During those early days, he had a vision for a conservation project that dealt with both the ecological and socioeconomic issues that impinged on painted dogs. With this vision, he founded Painted Dog Conservation (PDC), which grew to be a model for conservation through its incorporation of youth conservation education as well as community participation to achieve meaningful conservation.

Just recently, Dr. Rasmussen left PDC and founded Painted Dog Research Trust. Under this umbrella, Dr. Greg continues his life’s work researching painted dogs while constructing a conservation ecology center. Through field research and mentoring, he hopes to progress young Zimbabweans as well as international students by inspiring them to be tomorrow’s generation of conservationists.

Dr. Rasmussen is a research associate and part time lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe with an affiliation to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University (UK) where he completed his PhD. He has a diverse range of research interests, with most recently being energy budgets and how they contribute to the extinction of a species, and in particular, the painted dog.

This event is full!
Admission to Taste of Adventure, is $30 for members or $35 for non members. Reservations are required for Taste of Adventure by clicking the link below, emailing, or by calling 827-9488, ext. 117.

This Taste of Adventure is sponsored by:


The Taste of Adventure series is sponsored by:
Rolling Hills Museum
Rolling Hills Animals
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