Canines are known for their awesome noses and when they get put to good use they can save wildlife all over the world. For a long time we’ve heard about dogs helping people either by working with police, search and rescue or even with people with special needs. But they can also help their fellow animals such as salamanders, turtles, and even penguins!
In New Mexico there is a Border Collie who helps protect the Jemez Mountain salamander. This salamander is endemic to that mountain range, which means that is the only place on earth it is found. Finding and trapping salamanders is very hard for humans but this border collie sniffs them out in order to conduct population surveys.
Another helpful hound is Captain Ron the turtle sniffing beagle! Captain Ron uses his outstanding olfactory skills to smell the thin layer of mucus that surrounds the eggs. Once the nests are found wildlife protection agencies can mark where those nests are and make sure they are left alone.
Finn is a rescued yellow lab rabbit-infested islands to protect penguins and petrels! On an island in New Zealand there are out of control rabbits that strip the land of vegetation and take over penguin and petrel nests. They tried introducing foxes but that didn’t work so not they use a very targeted pesticide. They need to get the rabbits before they burrow in a nesting hole and accidentally spread the pesticide, so Finn sniffs out the rabbits to keep all the birds safe. Finn is easily motivated, his reward for sniffing out the rabbits is some playtime with a rabbit skin-covered tennis ball!
Who new dogs were so talented!