The Australasian Conservation Dog Network (ACDN) was founded in 2017 in response to the growing use of dogs in conservation. The ACDN includes representatives from universities, not for profit organisations, governments, zoos, research institutions and businesses working with dogs to improve conservation outcomes.
We are a diverse and highly skilled group of researchers, dog handlers and trainers, field ecologists, educators and advocates. We work together to ensure the use of conservation dogs in Australasia continues to provide conservation efforts with a highly effective and valuable resource.
Our mission is to provide a forum that shares knowledge on the ethical and humane, evidence-based use of dogs to benefit Australasia’s natural environment. The ACDN has always been proud to a network that is focused on sharing knowledge. Conservation is our main purpose and we believe having a network set up to share contacts, share knowledge and share skills will provide the best environmental outcomes.