by Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 25 March 2014

They say dogs are man’s best friend, but as it turns out they can also be the best friends of endangered species. Crowdfunding project, ‘Dogs for Conservation’, has raised just enough money to fund their plan of using our ever so reliable furry buddies to help scientists and conservationists track down endangered plants and animals.

Using their keen sense of smell, they can fast-track the time it takes to locate whatever the science people need to find. So in English, that’s like using a dog to detect drugs and bombs, but this time, they’ll try to locate endangered species like Jaguars, Pumas, Giant Armadillos, Wolves, Javan Rhinos, as well as, Orca faeces, Kangaroo Rat faeces, and Sea Turtle Nests.

The $5,005 that was pledged to the project, will be primarily used for the purchase of GPS equipment, which will help out in mapping out surveys, track the dogs as they seek their targets, and prevent the scientists from getting lost.