03 Oct '11, 5pm

Dogs Rescued from Shelters, Trained To Save Endangered Species

Dogs Rescued from Shelters, Trained To Save Endangered Species

Dogs have been used for conservation efforts for years now, and organizations are sprouting up to help promote and train dogs all over. While at the Wildlife Conservation Network Expo this last weekend, I met one of these wonderful dogs and found out about the program for the first time. WDC is a nonprofit based in the U.S. that trains K9s to detect the scat of various species, which can be used by researchers to study everything from diets to health of endangered animals without disturbing them. The dogs can also sniff out invasive species so they can be removed and native habitats restored. As WDC states, "It can be as daunting a task to locate the signs of elusive wildlife species (e.g. scat, urine, hair, dens) as it is to locate the animals themselves. This is especially the case in rugged terrain and with species that are nocturnal, cryptic, wide ranging or rare. In s...

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