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Meet Sniper- the dog protecting the world's rarest Penguins

The film won the Best Amateur & Youth Film (International) award in CMS Vatavaran Film Festival 2019.

It was selected to be screened in six film festivals globally and to Penguin experts in National & International conferences. 

Watch Sniper on her adventure to protect Yellow-eyed Penguins | 12 mins

If you're a little short of time, here's a short teaser


In New Zealand, Yellow-eyed Penguin numbers have dwindled. Finding these Penguins to monitor & conserve the population in the dense bushy habitat is tricky.

But former ranger Leith Thomson has a way- Sniper.  She is one of the 80 certified Conservation Dogs in New Zealand. 
Now every penguin counts… and Sniper is on an adventure to protect the endangered birds. 



Sniper was produced as a graduation film for a Post Graduate degree on Science Communication- Natural History Filmmaking

at University of Otago, New Zealand. 
​The project was made with support from The Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago & NHNZ.

Writer, Editor & Camera: Karthic SS
Narrator : Neil Harraway
Featuring : Leith Thomson, Ellen Rykers, Angelina Martelli, Ngaio Thomson
Music: Blue Dot Sessions

Special Thanks to Mel Young, The Wildlife Hospital, Elm Wildlife Tours, & Friends of Hoiho

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