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The Endangered Wildlife Trust is hosting wild chats with various conservation specialists to help educate the public and provide meaningful entertainment.


South Africa (06 April 2020) – The Endangered Wildlife Trust is hosting Wild Chats to provide meaningful entertainment to anyone wanting to learn more about conservation. The trust has invited specialists in their fields to discuss topics such as frogs and today, Trialling scent detection.

Today marked the second Wild Chats talk and focussed on the use of scent dogs to find the elusive but critically endangered Riverine Rabbits of the Karoo.

“Esté, Specialist Conservation Officer with the EWT’s Drylands Conservation Programme, chats about the fascinating world of scent detection training and using Jessie the Border Collie to find Critically Endangered Riverine Rabbits, an incredibly elusive species.

Esté’s chat will cover how she and Jessie got started with scent detection work, and the early work they did to find Bullfrogs, as well as how Jessie was trained, and her current role as a serious sleuth, searching for Riverine Rabbits, the hide and seek champions of the Karoo!”

The talks are live-streamed and are suitable for all ages. Those who tune in are able to engage with the speaker and get the chance to ask questions related to the content. You can find out more about future wild chats here.

If you miss the live wild chats, you can catch up via their YouTube channel too. Take a look at last week’s chat about frogs below.

Source: Endangered Wildlife Trust
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