Friday, September 14, 2012

Rescue Dogs Sniff Out Endangered Species

High-energy dogs with obsessive personalities can be difficult pets, and these animals often end up at shelters where they’re candidates for euthanasia. But these lively pups are ideal for a special type of conservation work: tracking endangered species.

Founded in 1997 at the University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology, the Conservation Canines program trains such energetic, single-minded dogs to track certain animals’ scat scents. These fecal samples have provided researchers with information on threatened and endangered species worldwide. Read the entire article

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