Dogs can have a significant impact on conservation—both positive and negative.

Dogs can have a significant impact on conservation—both positive and negative.

The 'Rat Pack' - quite literally! A crack team of conservation dogs ready to get stuck in to rodent detection in the Bay of Islands.

The 'Rat Pack' - quite literally! A crack team of conservation dogs ready to get stuck in to rodent detection in the Bay of Islands.

Yuki, the conservation dog, is pretty chuffed with his latest find! #takahe #nzbirds

Yuki, the conservation dog, is pretty chuffed with his latest find! #takahe #nzbirds

Neo, the whio dog, has undergone surgery to save his leg, which in turn will help conservationists preserve the population of one of New Zealand's rarest birds.

Neo, the whio dog, has undergone surgery to save his leg, which in turn will help conservationists preserve the population of one of New Zealand's rarest birds.

Kiwi dog "Mate" tracking down some great spotted kiwi in Arthur's Pass National Park.

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Kiwi dog "Mate" tracking down some great spotted kiwi in Arthur's Pass National Park.

Kakī chick found thanks to Jazz the conservation dog.

Kakī chick found thanks to Jazz the conservation dog.

Conservation dogs: Pai and Piri will follow in their father Jak's paw-prints...

Conservation dogs: Pai and Piri will follow in their father Jak's paw-prints...

Jak the conservation dog and his human team on their way to Campbell Island, New Zealand

Jak the conservation dog and his human team on their way to Campbell Island, New Zealand

Jak the conservation dog is retiring after 84 dog years of active service. Photo: Andrew Fladeboe

Jak the conservation dog is retiring after 84 dog years of active service. Photo: Andrew Fladeboe

Ranger Max with Oska the conservation dog, getting ready to go find whio/blue duck in Fiordland National Park.

Ranger Max with Oska the conservation dog, getting ready to go find whio/blue duck in Fiordland National Park.

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