You know that dogs have been used for tracking for decades, even centuries. They have been instrumental in finding lost people, tracking criminals, protecting our airports, and for hunting purposes.
One of our previous Planet Dog Foundation grantees, Working Dogs for Conservation, recently reached out and made us aware of another purpose their highly trained tracking dogs are doing… helping put a stop to poaching and the poaching trade in Africa.
Elephant ivory and rhino horns have become two of the world’s most valuable commodities and they continue to be illegally traded. This practice is threatening these amazing creatures and our natural resources.
Working Dogs for Conservation is doing their part to apprehend poachers and intercept guns, ammunition, and wildlife contraband. At their headquarters in Montana, they are training dogs for months to find guns, gunpowder and ammunition in addition to ivory, rhino horn, bushmeat, and pangolin scales. After their in-depth training, they are then sent to Africa to work with handlers on the ground.
The success in helping wildlife authorities find wildlife products, confiscate weapons, and arrest poachers has been immediate. They very quickly have had an impact on helping protected wildlife areas stay safe.
Working Dogs for Conservation recently sent these photos of two of their newest recruits, Chai and Earl, who are working with the South Luangwa Conservation Society Canine Unit. Both have been trained on elephant ivory, guns and ammunition, and several species of bush-meat including impala and Cape buffalo. Both dogs LOVE their Planet Dog toys and they help keep them motivated. We are so proud of the work this organization is doing!