Geometric tortoises are critically endangered mostly due to shrinking habitat, veld fires and the illegal pet trade. But how do you research and protect a creature that is notoriously shy and expertly camouflaged? A breakthrough project with detection dogs is helping CapeNature find this elusive tortoise.
Ecological co-ordinator Vicki Hudson is responsible for the CapeNature Conservation Detection Dog Project. She will reveal how dogs are being used to scent out tortoises and what this means for the conservation of the geometric tortoise in the Cape.
This project is the first and longest running in South Africa using dogs to locate live animals (rather than poached animal products) as part of ecological monitoring. Learn more about this innovative project, meet the team and find out how man’s best friend is helping nature too.
Date: Thursday 28 February 2019
Venue: Cape Union Mart Adventure Centre Canal Walk
Time: 18:15 for 18:30
The event is free but seats are limited, so please book your place (at no charge). There will be complimentary refreshments and 10% discount on shopping on the night.