A two-month project looking for pangolins collaborating between University of Washington and Save Vietnam’s Wildlife using detection dogs has just come to the final stage.
Two teams of detector dogs, one dog and one handler each, from Conservation Canines in the US arrived in Vietnam to sniff out wild pangolin scat. Collected samples would then be genetically analysed from species and population, down to individuals level. The aim being to create the basis for a genetic population map, allowing authorities to identify where confiscations were originally taken from and therefore focus enforcement activities.
After a 2 month field project in 3 locations, from South Vietnam all the way to the North, the dog teams have finally returned to the US.