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Ajax the kea dog : a working dog's life in the high country / Corey Mosen with Nicola McCloy.

By: Mosen, Corey, 1983-.
Contributor(s): McCloy, Nicola, 1971- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Auckland, New Zealand : Allen & Unwin, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Description: 256 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1760633615; 9781760633615.Subject(s): Ajax (Dog) | Mosen, Corey, 1983- | Kea -- Conservation -- New Zealand | Detector dogs -- New Zealand -- Biography | Human-animal relationships | Kahurangi National Park (N.Z.)DDC classification: 636.70886 Summary: "Ajax is a working dog trained to sniff out the nests of endangered kea in remote parts of the South Island. His trainer, Corey Mosen, then places cameras in and around the nests to monitor the kea and any predators that might attack them. Together, Corey and Ajax traverse the steep high country throughout the South Island searching out kea nests. Their part in the kea conservation effort is essential and both Ajax and Corey can rightly be called conservation heroes. This heart-warming story describes how Ajax was trained to be one of the very few kea detection dogs in the world and tells of his various escapades in the unpredictable wilds of the back-country, including flying in helicopters, working in blizzards, escaping from angry wasps and sleeping out in the bitter cold. The strong connection between Ajax and Corey has proved vital to their survival and the important work that they do. Ajax is slowing down now and soon his high-country days will be over"-- Back cover.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The highly illustrated, heartwarming story of conservation heroes, dog Ajax and his handler Corey, who traverse remote parts of the South Island tracking kea nests.

Together, Corey and Ajax travel through the steep high country throughout the South Island searching out kea nests. Their part in the kea conservation effort is essential and both Ajax and Corey can rightly be called conservation heroes.

This heart-warming story describes how Ajax was trained to be one of the very few kea detection dogs in the world and tells of his various escapades in the unpredictable wilds of the steep back-country, including flying in helicopters; working in blizzards, heavy rain, and dense fog; escaping from angry wasps; and sleeping out in the bitter cold.

The strong connection between Ajax and Corey has proved vital to their survival and the important work that they do. Ajax is slowing down now and soon his high-country days will be over.

Author originally from Whanganui.

Includes bibliographical references.

"Ajax is a working dog trained to sniff out the nests of endangered kea in remote parts of the South Island. His trainer, Corey Mosen, then places cameras in and around the nests to monitor the kea and any predators that might attack them. Together, Corey and Ajax traverse the steep high country throughout the South Island searching out kea nests. Their part in the kea conservation effort is essential and both Ajax and Corey can rightly be called conservation heroes. This heart-warming story describes how Ajax was trained to be one of the very few kea detection dogs in the world and tells of his various escapades in the unpredictable wilds of the back-country, including flying in helicopters, working in blizzards, escaping from angry wasps and sleeping out in the bitter cold. The strong connection between Ajax and Corey has proved vital to their survival and the important work that they do. Ajax is slowing down now and soon his high-country days will be over"-- Back cover.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction: Ajax the Kea Dog (p. 10)
  • Chapter 1 Life Before Ajax (p. 18)
  • Introducing the kea (p. 30)
  • Chapter 2 Catching the Kea Bug (p. 34)
  • A misunderstood bird (p. 49)
  • Chapter 3 Meeting Ajax (p. 54)
  • Chapter 4 Learning the Ropes (p. 64)
  • The Conservation Dogs Programme (p. 85)
  • Chapter 5 Ajax Takes the Test (p. 92)
  • Threats to kea (p. 101)
  • Chapter 6 Kea-Meet Ajax (p. 108)
  • Chapter 7 Trackers and Transmitters (p. 120)
  • Chapter 8 Keeping an Eye on Kea (p. 138)
  • Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes national parks (p. 156)
  • Chapter 9 Dog Tucker (p. 160)
  • Chapter 10 Just Another Day at the Office (p. 170)
  • Kea intelligence (p. 185)
  • Chapter 11 The Risks of the Job (p. 188)
  • Chapter 12 Ajax Goes on Holiday (p. 200)
  • Chapter 13 A New Job for Ajax? (p. 212)
  • Appendix 1 About the Kea Conservation Trust (p. 233)
  • Appendix 2 Ways you can help kea (p. 241)
  • Appendix 3 Resolving conflict with kea (p. 245)
  • Bibliography (p. 254)