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Zookeeper's Scat Detection Dog Works to Save Cheetahs

Assistant curator Chris Bartos’ rescued border collie, Finn, is the first ever scat detection dog at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia. Finn is trained to sniff out cheetah scat (poop) in order to track the cats’ movements. Data collected is ultimately used to inform cheetah conservation strategies. Several years ago, Bartos traveled with Finn to Africa, where she helped CCF staff learn how to work with the dog to search for and indicate scat.

Thanks to funding from the Jonathan Gilmour Memorial Scholarship Fund, Bartos traveled to Namibia in December 2016 to check in on Finn, work on training plans for CCF's new dogs, and work with staff. While at CCF, Bartos conducted training classes for the interns focused on the scat dog program and clicker training. View video to learn more about Bartos and Finn's work.

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