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Australian dogs being trained to sniff out endangered species

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Australian dogs are being trained to sniff out the droppings of endangered animals in a scheme that offers greater understanding of threatened species through the less-intrusive method of canine tracking, AFP reports.

Emma Bennett, a PhD candidate at Monash University in Melbourne, is working with environmentally-conscious dog owners who have volunteered their pets in a rainforest region of Victoria state to track the scats, or droppings, of the endangered tiger quoll, a small marsupial.

“Scats contain DNA, so you can identify the individual animal,” Bennett told AFP yesterday.

“They also contain information about diet distribution.”

 

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