|They are tiny, barely a foot tall.|
One dog, however, is sworn to protect them. She is Eco, an English Springer Spaniel, trained by Steve Austin, who has already had success training sniffer dogs for wildlife protection.
|Steve Austin with Trainee|
Penguin nests are well hidden and difficult for humans to locate. Eco has been taught to sniff out their burrows without disturbing the birds. As previously unknown nests are found, park rangers can map and monitor their locations and, they hope, do more effective predator control.
It takes her only about 40 minutes to cover over half a mile of beach.
|Eco at work|
|A Little Penguin|
|Penguin Cove opened in 2012|