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The Skylos Handlers

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Tracy Lyten

Director and Dog Handler

Tracy has over 20 years of business management experience, including 15 years’ at National Parks land management agencies Parks Victoria and NSW Parks & Wildlife.


Tracy specialised in project management, natural values management, stakeholder engagement, community engagement, local port management, occupation health and safety, commercial operations and event management.  


As a dog handler, Tracy was an operational Search & Rescue dog handler for 6 years.  Tracy held a position as an Australian Search Dog Framework working group member with the Federal Attorney General’s Department in developing a policy proposal on Search & Rescue dogs in Australia to the Federal Government.  More recently Tracy worked as a conservation detection dog handler, delivering on forestry, wind farm industry and predator control programs in Victoria.




Fiona Jackson

Director and Dog Handler

Fiona holds a Masters degree in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law from the University of Edinburgh.  Fiona's interest in the use of detection dogs for environmental data collection led her to examine the behavioural effects of the dog handler on the performance levels of the trained detection dogs for her thesis paper; The effects of the detection dog handler on the performance levels of the trained detection dog.



Fiona is a member of the Australasian Conservation Dog Network (ACDN) executive committee.



Nicole Baboucek

Dog Handler and Ecologist

Nicole is an ecologist with a diverse background spanning local government, private consulting and natural resource management roles. She has gained extensive field experience conducting various flora, fauna and biodiversity surveys across Australia, and holds a Vegetation Quality Assessment (Habitat Hectare) accreditation.

Nicole has a formal certification in animal behaviour and husbandry, and is excited to have the opportunity to combine her love of dogs and passion for the environment in the one role.



The Skylos Dogs

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Jimmy is our superstar rescue dog.  Handler Fiona rescued Jimmy when he was 15-months old.  He's gone on to work on threatened species re-introduction projects, fox management projects, wild dog monitoring projects, as well as his regular wind farm surveying.

Target Scents:    fox scat, dens and scavenge sites.


                      wild dog scat, hides and scavenge sites.

                      bird and bat carcasses (wind farm).


Oakley is a hard working dog. In his short career he's already had many highlights and his endurance levels in the field along with his scenting ability make him a fantastic conservation detection dog.


Oakley began his career with a successful alligator weed proof of concept project for Agriculture Victoria, he's now entering his third season as an experienced alligator weed detection dog.

Target Scents:    alligator weed.

                      bird and bat carcasses (wind farm)


Raasay joined the Skylos Ecology team in September 2019 as a young pup. She's been in training this past year as she develops into a conservation detection dog. 

Raasay is currently trained on bird and bat carcasses and is now deployed on wind farms for these surveys. In 2021 we'll be further developing her scent repertoire as she furthers her career as a conservation detection dog.

Target Scents:   bird and bat carcasses (wind farm)


We are happy to announce Rex as Skylos Ecology's second rescue dog. Rex joined the team in August 2020. Rex is already exceeding all our expectations in his scent, control and animal interaction training. This boy seems destined for a great career as a conservation detection dog. We are very happy to be able to offer him a new life and a new purpose. 

Target Scents: bird and bat carcasses (wind farm)

Skylos Ecology PTY LTD

ABN: 28 630 055 524

Victoria, Australia.

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