Center for Conservation Biology

Black lab standing in forest with dry grass all over his face


This dog is often confused for a small horse, and definitely has the work ethic of one! Before finding us, Ranger was at the Family Dog Rescue in San Francisco, where he was known for his silly smile, big ears, and funny little tail. While he was clearly a cool dog, he couldn't get adopted because of his high energy and insatiable need to play fetch! Luckily, the shelter recognized his work ethic and called on us to come get him in 2013. Ranger has worked on projects all over the country: bat and bird carcass detection on wind farms, large carnivore tracking in northeast Washington, tiny weasels in northern California, huge ungulates in upstate New York, and the mighty goshawk in eastern Washington! Though he might intimidate some due to his size-- our biggest dog at the kennel-- Ranger is a sweet and gentle soul! His handlers are always impressed by his work drive and excitement in the field.