At the University of Washington, researchers train dogs to find the scat of endangered animals. Scat is a scientific name for feces, or what most of us call, poop! Ew! And by finding scat, researchers can find endangered animals
But get this! Researchers then study the scat, because it helps researchers know how healthy the endangered animals are, how many endangered animals there are and what the endangered animals are eating. Researchers learn all of this from scat! It’s MAD, right?
Conservation Canines are amazing. They have helped track and help save animals as different as Orcas, Spotted Owls, Wild Tigers and many more. How kewl!
Let’s hear it for our friends, the Conservation Canines!
STEM Challenge: What valuable biomarker can be found in scat? Can you figure this out? Tell us right here.