Did you know that a dog’s ability to smell is believed to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times better than humans? The right dog can be trained to track anything that emits an odour whether it’s flora, fauna, on land, or even under the sea!
Because they can smell what we can’t see, dogs are used in conservation to track rare animals, detect pest species, and locate threatened native plants.
The USC Detection Dogs for Conservation project is finding new ways to use detection dogs to protect Australia’s biodiversity and provide immediate benefits to the community like stopping the spread of cane toads, and protecting koala populations. Our work is grounded in research and focused on producing effective results, which is why it’s run as not-for-profit from within a university.
Find out more about how you can get involved and help support this great project at Detection Dogs for Conservation.