Dogs around the world are positively transforming our world. Throughout Africa, the fight against poaching has seen great success thanks to our four-legged friends. Anti-poaching dogs protect our wildlife like no other.
Though they are absolutely beautiful with the kindest hearts, they are not the kind of dogs you could keep in your home. Their destiny is to do what they love. Bred for their tracking and detection skills, these fury rangers will roam this earth until justice is served.
They are more agile than us, this gives them the ability to move through bush terrain quicker and quieter than us. They also do not slow down nor tire when on the pursuit and only stop once the criminal has been acquired. This is in the weather of up to 45℃ and they will even cross crocodile-infested waters.
They have the ability to find other snared or poached animals. This helps the rangers rescue more animals from human troubles.
Using their nose, they can take the most direct route to poachers.
Kilalo, a bloodhound-Doberman cross, went in the opposite direction after her handler lost sight of the poacher’s footprints. Thinking she was going the wrong way, he was doubtful but still followed her nose.
By entrusting his companion, they took a handy shortcut and caught the poachers, which might not have been possible without a dog.
Up to this point, these two, in particular, have led to 18 poacher arrests successfully in Kruger National Park, South Africa. And that is just one of the 50 working dogs in this nature reserve.
Organizations like K9 Conservation provide anti-poaching dogs to support game reserves and wilderness areas to combat poaching.
The Director, Conrad de Rosner, is an expert in Game Ranging and Counter poaching.
His Weimaraner, Zingela, trained to search for big cats, could even follow specific commands such as ‘search leopard’.
The most famous accomplishment being Zingela tracking down a lost tiger, Panjo in Mpumalanga, South Africa in 2010.
A comparably small success compared to the number of arrests of poachers and other criminals Zingela has achieved. But just the capability of these magnificent animals. Zingela and dogs like him are game-changer in the fight for conservation.
Dogs who have been trained by K9 Conservation can detect the scent of animal blood on poacher’s vehicles which are used to knock down animals. Tracking the vehicle to the poacher’s home and arresting them.
You could call them the guardians of the earth
Thank you to to K9 Conservation and Africa Geographic for the stories and the beautiful photos
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