Detection Dogs for Conservation - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Detection Dogs for Conservation

Help the detection dog team protect Australia's threatened wildlife.

Australia's wildlife is under threat. Your support will help ensure its survival.

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Bear - Koala Detection Dog
  • $15
    can supply one of our detection dogs with their high-nutrition diets for a day
  • $20
    can go towards covering the cost of vet bills, ensuring our dogs remain in top health 
  • $50
    can buy a bed for one of our detection dogs, ensuring they receive the rest needed to perform well in the field
  • $100
    can pay for speciality booties to protect our detection dogs from injuring their paws on spikes, cacti or other hazards
  • $1,000
    can go towards specialised GPS collar equipment for the detection dogs, so we can collect data about areas we search
  • $1,500
    can allow two humans and a detection dog to spend a day in the field helping protect Australia's threatened wildlife

Lovable rascals

Our detection dogs are lovable rascals whose energy and obsessiveness make them terrible pets! But it's that same energy that makes them dedicated and passionate conservation workers.

We team up with animal refuge shelters to save dogs whose lives are at risk – usually troubled animals who are having a hard time finding a forever home.

By giving these special animals a purpose, we save their lives – and they repay the favour a hundredfold by saving other precious Australian natives.

In their downtime, they live like normal pets – they hang out at home with their handlers, come and rest in the office, go to the beach, play with other dogs and just generally live their best lives. The difference is, when these guys are working, they have an important job to do – one they love and that makes a difference for Australian biodiversity!

Bear - Koala Detection Dog
Meet Bear
Hyper-fast and hyper-passionate. This is Bear - the koolie with piercing blue eyes and mind focused on conservation.
Maya - Koala ecology researcher
Meet Maya
She's been with the team since it started. Maya is the beautiful and composed matriarch with a heart of gold.
Baxter
Meet Baxter
He has the most gentle eyes. But behind his quiet and gentle exterior, Baxter has a heart that beats fiercely for conservation.
Meet Billie-Jean
She's independent and passionate. Billie Jean is always ready for work and makes sure she gets the job done properly.

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For more information on donating contact Kate Evans, Senior Development Manager, USC Development Office, Tel: +61 5456 5136 or email: kevans@usc.edu.au.

Detection Dogs for Conservation latest news

USC Newsroom
Jess designs a career that’s dedicated to dogs
21 September

Architectural designer Jess Johnson had a different career switch in mind when she decided to study Animal Ecology at USC Fraser Coast– until she met a koala-detection dog named Bear and his other canine companions

Koala search team ready for bushfire season
13 September

With Australia’s bushfire season fast approaching, a team that specialises in finding koalas in fire-ravaged locations is gearing up for another huge effort.

Koalas returning to burnt habitat face danger
12 March

A team of USC researchers have been confronted by heart-breaking scenes of dead and dying koalas in areas ravaged by the recent Australian bushfires.

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