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Ecological Monitoring

Ecological monitoring—finding where species live, how many there are, and what they need—is vital to many conservation efforts. 

Conservation detection dogs can be up to 40 times more efficient than human searchers at developing population and habitat data: they can cover large areas and rough terrain, detect cryptic species and scents hidden in deep vegetation, and do it with virtually limitless eagerness and energy.

Human searches are often biased toward adult and territorial animals, but dogs find scats from all individuals, including juveniles and subordinates, giving better data and more accurate population and distribution estimates.