Rapu The Conservation Dog
Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Café
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Rapu The Conservation Dog
Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Café
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Rapu The Conservation Dog
Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Café
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Rapu The Conservation Dog
25 March 2021

Staglands recently welcomed a very unusual visitor to The Reserve - Rapu The DOC Conservation dog and his trainer, Sally Bain.

Rapu is in training as part of DOC'S Conservation Dogs Programme which uses highly trained dogs and their handlers to detect New Zealand’s unwanted pests. 

Well trained dog-handler teams have successfully been used for conservation for more than 40 years, with New Zealand being the first country to use dogs to benefit conservation as far back as the 1890s. 

Today conservation dogs are used all over New Zealand, with certain dog breeds being more suited for this work – indicators (setters and pointers) are often used to find protected species, while terriers, like Rapu are usually used to find pests.

Rapu, which means 'to search' in Te Reo Māori, is just 15 months old and still in training. He comes from great stock with his mother Piri also working as a Conservation Dog. Find out more about how this 'dog with a job' and others like her are protecting our native wildlife.

The purpose Rapu's visit was to introduce him to our wide range of birds & animals and was deemed a great success despite the nail biting stand off with our emu's Mork & Mindy resulting in a hasty retreat by all!

Keep up with Rapu's progress by following his Instagram Page 

We look forward to seeing Rapu and Sally again soon🐾
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