Conservation Detection Dogs

Invasive species and diseases cause untold harm to Hawaii’s environment and economy. Whether they were introduced intentionally or accidentally to our islands, invasive species are generally hearty and able to spread quickly, and can cause negative impacts to endangered and native species.

More and more, detection dogs are being used around the world for environmental conservation purposes. Early detection and eradication are key to preventing the spread of invasive species. Identifying the presence and absence of endangered species can provide valuable data to help preserve their habitat. The powerful olfactory abilities of dogs enable them to detect tiny amounts of target scent in large outdoor areas that may be challenging for humans to survey visually.

Conservation Dogs of Hawaii is a division of our non-profit organization which facilitates the research and use of detection dogs for environmental and wildlife conservation purposes.

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