Conservation Dogs

Wildlife Protection Services NZ dog handler, Leona Plaisier, trains and works with two rodent-detection dogs for conservation projects in the Marlborough, Tasman and Wellington regions.

conservation dogsThe fox/border terriers, Chase and Bail, were bred and trained specifically for detecting rodents. The dogs and handler team started working together six years ago and have since been part of over twenty different projects.

The team played a vital role in the rodent detection group deployed on Macquarie Island in the Australian sub-Antarctic. After spending 13 months there, they returned in April 2014 when the successful eradication of Macquarie Island was announced.

Leona, Chase & Bail on Macquarie Island

How we work

Working alongside the Department of Conservation and private projects alike, the dogs and handler are available to assist in the following ways:

8-hour day per 100 hectares

Most common length of time required by the team in good conditions to operate is an 8-hour day per 100 hectares for normal surveillance.
This time increases depending on how thorough the search needs to be and in what conditions they are done.
In the case of an island the service of a vessel will give more time to survey rugged and hard-to reach coastlines.

working with department of conservation
Working with the Department of Conservation on Matiu/Somes Island