Trained Dogs Team Up to Protect African Wildlife Against Poachers – Saving 45 Rhinos in Last 2 Years

Southern African Wildlife College in Greater Kruger National Park has a dog training program that changed the course of the fight against poachers. The K9 fast response unit, trained to protect wildlife, includes all kinds of dogs from beagles to bloodhounds. “They begin training from birth and are socialized from a very young age. They learn how to track, bay at a person in a tree, and follow basic obedience,” Johan van Straaten, a ‘K9 Master’ explained. Since February 2018, the doggo squad has prevented approximately 45 rhinos from being killed by poachers. “In the areas where the Southern African Wildlife College patrol, the success rate of the dogs is around 68 percent using both on and off-leash free tracking dogs, compared to between three to five percent with no canine capacity. The game-changer has been the free tracking dogs who are able to track at speeds much faster than a human can, in terrain where the best human trackers would lose spoor.” Texan black-and-tan coonhounds, Belgian Malinois, foxhounds, and blueticks are trained in a way that benefits counter-poaching initiatives—free tracking, incursion, detection, patrol, and apprehension dogs. The dogs become operational at around 18 months old, and are ready to save rhinos with the rest of the squad! Such Good Boys!

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These brave dogs are trained from their birth to protect the wildlife from poachers

The dogs become operational at around 18 months old

Since February 2018, the doggo squad has prevented approximately 45 rhinos from being killed

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“The success rate of the dogs is around 68 percent using both on and off-leash free tracking dogs, compared to between three to five percent with no canine capacity.”

“The game-changer has been the free tracking dogs who are able to track at speeds much faster than a human can.”

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