The WildLife: Detection Dogs and Wildlife Conservation, Megan Parker

Megan Parker, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Working Dogs for Conservation, reveals the secrets of using detection dogs for wildlife conservation. She tells "The WildLife" host Laurel Neme how she trains dogs to detect animals, plants and their seed and scat. Frequently, the dogs uncover what wildlife biologists can't easily see or find, and they do it in a more efficient and non-intrusive way, meaning without baiting, luring, trapping, handling or radio-collaring the animals. She also tells stories of the dogs in action, and shows how her dogs have sniffed out dwindling populations of cheetahs in Kenya, assisted with population surveys of endangered snow leopards in eastern Russia, and uncovered invasive cannibal snails in Hawaii. This episode of The WildLife originally aired on WOMM-LP, The Radiator, 105.9 FM in Burlington, Vermont on January 3, 2011 and was reposted on September 26, 2011.


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    Sep 27, 2011 at 2:47 am
  • Sibylle Noras

    thanks for this podcast, so interesting and good to hear that Working Dogs have helped with snow leopards - dogs helping cats :-) lovely.

    Sibylle Noras Founder and Publisher “Saving Snow Leopards” blog

    Oct 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm