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Amazing Dogs Working to Save Endangered Species

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Springer Spaniel Protects Penguins
In New South Wales where the population of little penguins has dropped sharply, the Australian Wildlife Services is using scent tracking dogs to find and monitor the birds, including Eco, an English Springer Spaniel featured in the video above. Researchers hope that by finding and tracking the birds, which hide out during the day in their burrows, they can protect them from predators like dogs, cats and foxes, and habitat loss. Eco can cover an area in one hour that would normally take 10 humans four hours to cover. Talk about productive!

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By Jaymi Heimbuch, TreeHugger

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2:50PM PST on Feb 7, 2014

Nice to hear the good work being done to save endangered species. Thanks.

2:47PM PST on Feb 7, 2014

I was thinking about this very thing recently, and wondering if some of the wonderful African Boerbels, for example, couldn't become pack protectors in national parks. After all, humans can only track so much, but if they were living within the parks and knew poachers weren't supposed to be there -- it could be awesome. After all, dogs can't be bribed off.

2:57AM PST on Dec 27, 2013


3:45AM PDT on May 27, 2013

I love these stories of conservation that helps 2 species at once. The dogs are given jobs which you can see they love having and the endangered species are assisted. Congratulations to all involved.

3:39AM PDT on May 27, 2013

Love you Eco, good job boy!!!

10:38AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

Amazing what our Companion Animals can do to help the whole planet!

7:46AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

thank you for sharing

8:36AM PST on Mar 3, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

9:38PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

No surprises; dogs are great; they are miracle workers.

11:11AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Dogs, Wonderful Dogs!!!

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