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Dogs Help Save Sea Turtles

January 17, 2016

Dogs Help Save Sea Turtles

Almost all sea turtles are on the endangered species list. Poaching, habitat destruction and climate change threatens their survival. Trained dogs are helping sea turtle conservation efforts by locating sea turtle nesting sites. Once the dog locates these sites, the eggs are either relocated or protected. Meet two of these interesting dogs and find out more about their unique jobs.

Working with Disney's Conservation Team, Captain Ron is a 2-year-old beagle who can sniff out the thin layer of mucus on the eggs. Beagles are known for their incredible sense of smell. Captain Ron protects sea turtles and acts as an ambassador for animal conservation.  People can watch Captain Ron on the beach as he detects sea turtle nests.

At North Padre Island, TX, a little Cairn Terrier named Ridley works with his owner to detect nests.  The breed originated in Scotland to help with pest control and developed a keen sense of smell.  The beaches in that location are the breeding ground of the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle.  That particular species is the most endangered of all of them.  Ridley's owners began training him as a puppy to find treats in their home and then moved on to sea turtle nests on the beach. 

Ridley and Captain Ron are specially trained to help protect sea turtles.  Their owners discovered how to make their partners valued members of the conversation community.  Contact us to find out how you can help this conservation effort by keeping your own dog safe and visible when visiting beaches at night.





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