Conservation dogs are dogs that are trained to sniff out evidence of specific types of wildlife species that scientists are trying to learn more about. These dogs help biologists understand where and the threat level of endangered wildlife species.
Rogue Detection Teams are a Washington State based non profit that sends their dogs around North America to help different scientific researchers and government agencies.
These dogs have worked all over the world and have helped different groups collect hard data in their fields.
Video – Dogs for Conservation
- Conservation dogs are used to sniff out evidence of threatened and endangered wildlife species.
- The non-profit Rogue Detection Teams has dogs operating all across the globe.
- Conservation dogs come in various species, but all have what’s called “high ball drive.”
“It’s no wonder that conservationists have started using detection dogs, a standard practice in the military and law enforcement since the 1940s when U.S. troops first employed canines to detect German land mines in North Africa.”
Conservation Dogs to the Rescue
Our canine companions are coming to the aid of endangered species and fragile habitats.
Conservation dogs are being trained to help protect wildlife. Also detect environmental hazards using their powerful sense of smell.
- Some dogs can track down rare animals like jaguars by sniffing out their scat, allowing researchers to study these elusive cats without disturbing them. Pretty clever!
- Dogs are also learning to sniff out invasive species like pythons and lionfish so they can be removed before causing damage. Go dogs!
- These detector dogs can also find snares and traps set by poachers targeting endangered animals. By locating and disabling these traps, the dogs help protect rhinos, elephants, and other threatened species. What a great use of their talents!
- After wildfires, conservation dogs are brought in to find injured animals in need of rescue. Their super sniffers lead them to animals that survived the flames but can’t flee on their own. Such lifesavers!
- Certain dogs are even being trained to detect the scat of endangered whales so researchers can study the giant mammals without being disruptive. The dogs make this important research far less invasive.
- The incredible noses of detector dogs also help authorities intercept illegally trafficked wildlife products like elephant tusks and pangolin scales. Way to go pups!
With intelligence, athleticism and incredible sniffing abilities, dogs are proving to be an invaluable asset in protecting fragile ecosystems. Our best friends are truly nature’s best friends too when it comes to conservation efforts. Go dogs go!