What is more perfect than puppies protecting endangered penguin populations from predation?
In a quickly transforming world where job skills are constantly changing, Maremma guardian dogs are being retrained for a new job market. Scientists and trainers are shifting the genetically selected behaviors of Maremma guardian dogs from guarding sheep to guarding the Little Blue Penguin (Eudyptula minor) of Australia from an invasive species of Red Fox.
The breeding population dropping to a low of 4 in 2004-2005 has since risen to 200 thanks to the puppy protection program.
One of the most amazing aspects of this conservation program? It didn’t come from scientists. It came from an ordinary citizen. Imagine what progress we could make if everyone cared about conservation.
References and Additional Reading:
Via Meet The Dogs Responsible For The Itty Bitty Fairy Penguins’ Comeback.
Check out their website here: Flagstaff Hill
Middle Island Little Penguin Monitoring Program Season Report 2012-2013
Read about this yesterday and can’t get it out of my mind so I thought I’d share. A birding centered post will be up shortly!