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Sniffer dogs to protect threatened species

Published: 7 September 2016
The dogs will be used to find protected species.
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A team of professional sniffer dogs will be used protect NSW's threatened species as part of the NSW Government's five-year, $100 million Saving our Species program.

The specialist dogs are trained to sniff out threatened species such as koalas, quolls, eastern bristlebirds and the Bell's Turtle. They will be used on some of the government’s 240 threatened species programs, as their noses can find a target species when all other standard survey techniques fail.

NSW Minister for Environment Mark Speakman said 10 English springer spaniel and cocker spaniel detectives will be put through their paces to mark National Threatened Species Day.

“We have this class of canines all barking up the right tree – they won’t roll over until they’ve picked up the scent,” Mr Speakman said.

“Penny, the English springer spaniel, has already been successful in detecting the odour of endangered coastal emu birds in places where there is no physical evidence obvious to humans that the birds have been there.”

National Threatened Species Day is held on 7 September each year to commemorate the death of the last Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo in 1936.

To find out more, visit the Environment NSW website

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