Posted by Jack Ferreri on Sep 26, 2017

Mike Edlinger told us about some unique uses for dogs. Taking the animals from shelters, the Working Dogs for Conservation train them for all sorts of unusual tasks: helping locate rare wild animals to protect them from poachers, assisting in identifying poachers in Zambia by uncovering ivory and weapons, monitoring population of animals in the wild through their scat, helping determine the impact of infrastructure projects on local animal populations, and spotting invasive plant colonies. Their sense of smell is extraordinary, they enjoy the work, and they avoid potential euthanization. The organization was founded and is headquartered in Bozeman, Montana. Their highly-trained dogs have worked on five continents in dozens of projects.