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Are Poop-Sniffing Dogs The Key To Saving These Rare Gorillas?

When it comes to finding fresh gorilla feces, no one does it better than Fido.

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It’s estimated there are somewhere between 200-300 Cross River Gorillas left in the world, making them one of the planet’s most endangered primates. The Western Gorilla subspecies, so named for their habitat at the source of Nigeria’s Cross River, are elusive to the point where simply finding—to say nothing of actually studying—them has become an exceptional challenge. To better understand, and ultimately conserve, these great apes, a team of researchers have turned recruited detection dogs to sniff out the best source of biological info on their evasive subjects: Gorilla shit.

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