Last updated March 12, 2019 at 1:09 pm
Researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast are training detection dogs, but probably not for the reasons you think.
They’re using specially trained dogs in conservation projects, using their incredible sense of smell to find and track animals in the wild including owls and koalas. Using the dogs to track animals lets conservation scientists to survey populations and identify ways to protect them.
Zorro is one of the dogs undergoing training and has been a standout at detecting pellets from the Masked Owl, an endangered species found in coastal areas around Australia.