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Laurel Neme

While law enforcement has long-embraced detection dogs to find narcotics, bombs and even people, the ability of these canine heroes and their human pack for wildlife conservation is lesser known. This presentation reviews the use of dogs in three areas: (1) ecological monitoring—using dogs to develop population and habitat data for rare species, including identifying where species live, how many there are, and what they need; (2) detection of wildlife products—from their work at ports and airports finding illicit shipments of wildlife products like elephant ivory or pangolin scales among thousands of containers to vehicle and village searches, dogs are on the frontlines to stop illegal wildlife trafficking; and (3) anti-poaching—dogs work on the frontlines with game rangers to find poachers and confiscate weapons, and they are having a big impact keeping both rangers and wildlife safer

Author Laurel Neme