Did you know that poaching goes down 70 to 80 percent when there are anti-poaching K9’s present?
The anti-poaching dogs are beautiful to look at but make no mistake; they would bite and crash tackle you to the ground without any hesitation at all if you were to go anywhere near their handler or the beloved Rhino’s they protect.
Now let's be honest and agree that naturally, Rhino’s are not used to dogs watching over them and dogs aren’t used to watching over Rhino’s, but thankfully it has become a relationship that works. K9 units have become key members of the anti-poaching solution all across Africa. The dogs used in these units are highly trained, and possess a sense of smell which is 10,000 times better than our own! This keen sense of smell gives Rangers a significant advantage especially at night when visibility is poorer. Many dogs are trained to rappel out of helicopters, and one extraordinary dog named Arrow has skydiving on his resume. Don’t believe us? Watch this video.
K9 units are all too often the last line of defence, and as such, we need to ensure that their training is constant and that the team is cared for at the highest level.