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National Geographic Highlights Scat Studies


   

Wildlife science graduate student Claudia Wultsch and her scat detector dog Bruiser have once again garnered international attention. Wildlife science graduate student Claudia Wultsch and her scat detector dog Bruiser. Photo courtesy of Steve Winter, Panthera.


Aug. 15, 2012 – Wildlife science graduate student Claudia Wultsch and her scat detector dog Bruiser have once again garnered international attention. After appearing in the BBC documentary “Lost Land of the Tiger” in 2010 (see CNRE News, winter 2011), the pair are now featured on the National Geographic website in a photo gallery called Scat Studies. Wultsch, who is working on a research project that received a National Geographic Society/Waitt Grant last fall, uses noninvasive techniques, such as remote cameras, genetic sampling, and collecting scat (fecal) samples — which is where Bruiser’s detection expertise comes into play — to study elusive big cats such as jaguars in Belize and tigers in Bhutan.

Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/scat-studies-gallery/ to see Claudia and Bruiser and to learn about scat studies around the world.


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