Dog Becomes Man's New Best Friend in Anti-Poaching Operatives in South Africa

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As rhino poaching is up this year surpassing the 2013 record, authorities in South Africa turn to a furry breed to help curb poaching in an ever-growing demand for ivory in Asia, especially China. Tens of thousands of elephants have also been slaughtered in recent years forcing countries and conservationist to use other tactics and forms of patrol to stop these criminals.

With a mix of Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds, there are about 50 adult dogs and the same amount of puppies who are "drilling at an anti-poaching academy northwest of Johannesburg," according to the Huffington Post. The dogs are trained by Paramount Group, which is a military vehicle and equipment producer, to detect the smell of rhino horn or to seek out firearms or contraband, track poaching suspects and jump in harness from a helicopter and take down poachers.

One dog is being credited with various "anti-poaching successes" in South Africa's Kruger National Park.

While this tactic is just one amongst a slew of other patrol and surveillance actions, authorities said that it's more than just a conservation effort, it is about stopping the funding of insurgencies and corruption across Africa.

 

 


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