Episode 8: Canine Conservationists
Dogs are often thought of as humans’ best friends. But in Australia, they’re partnering with people to save other species from grave threats to the island continent’s unique fauna.
Questions about this episode
Why does the protection of sea turtles require the killing of invasive foxes?
Unlike in North America and Europe, where foxes are a native species that coexist in balance with other wildlife, foxes were introduced to Australia by European colonists for sport. The invasive predator has caused immense harm to native animals like sea turtles, ground-nesting birds, and marsupials that are not naturally equipped to defend themselves. Altogether, invasive foxes kill approximately 300 million native animals in Australia each year. This method of culling the fox population is fully supported by indigenous leaders who cherish sea turtles and other native creatures, and it has been endorsed by top Australian biologists and conservationists.