The dogs are proving to be extremely effective, and the team are considered the best anti-poaching unit on the continent. ASA trained Arms/Ammunition detection dog 'Drum' was deployed to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on the 26th March 2019 where he will be assisting in the prevention of wildlife crime. A rhinoceros in South Africa's Kruger National Park in 2013. The forest harbour's up to 400 species of birds. hide caption. One of the factors that set Invictus K9 apart from other anti-poaching efforts is the care that is provided to their dogs. High-speed tracking dogs have been a game-changer in the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa. In addition, showing the advantages and disadvantages of established discipline tracking training methods in an operational deployment. Dogs are naturally effective hunters – it is in their DNA. Johan van Straaten, shown above with his dog, Lola, is the lead dog trainer at Southern African Wildlife College. Others, however, highlight how the heightened security measures in Kruger have simply coincided with increased poaching in more vulnerable parks in other provinces. "Our children, grandchildren — they have to see it as well.". Trained in crowd control techniques, handler protection, estate security, dignitary protection, and other aspects of tactical operations. Click on the link below to watch the full report. critically endangered black rhino species. The forest provides critical habitat for countless rare and endangered species, such as the white lipped peccary, tapir, scarlet macaw, howler monkey and five species of cats including the Jaguar. These specially trained, free-running pack dogs are joining a highly motivated K9 Unit already established at the SAWC. The new dog a, Malinois called 'Appa' will have a two fold role. Very interesting! £300 – Protective body armour for dog. Animals Saving Animals is please to introduce 'Rekari' He is a 2 year old Dutch herder who has just commenced training to fill the huge hole left by the passing of 'Diego' at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. please click the link below for more information. "We will only be left with the picture, not the real animal," she said. Animals Saving Animals spent four weeks earlier this year with the Maltese correctional services Dog section. ASA's roll was to bring specialist technical tracking knowledge to the unit teaching a variety of new skills that can be taken into the field to assist enforcement agencies. asa deploys the first anti-poaching dog to BELIZE. "Since we use dogs, the guys can't hide from us anymore," van Straaten says. Tony Fitzjohn OBE, Wildlife Now ' We believe the introduction of the Dogs to be a huge force multiplier.' Appa is currently under training in the U.S and will be escorted to Costa Rica by two trainers from ASA where a further ten days handler training will be given before he commences his new wildlife protection role. David Fuchs Included in the display was a repelling exercise with our dogs in harness, apprehensions through fire and smoke, a through window vehicle attack and the above in costume repel. Appa is currently under training in the U.S and will be escorted to Costa Rica by two trainers from ASA where a further ten days handler training will be given before he commences his new wildlife protection role. We were recently, by FCD that after only one week into the 2020 Anti Poaching Strategy one poacher and seven Scarlet Macaw chicks were captured. The new dog a Belgian Malinois called 'Appa' will have a two fold role. Last year, that number was 1,028 — down from a peak of 1,215 three years earlier, according to TRAFFIC, a monitoring network for wildlife trade. They are trained according to live counter terrorism situations. Animals Saving Animals have recently been featured in four animal publications. In addition to this is the growing illegal wildlife trade through poaching, targeting high value species, including Scarlet Macaw chicks and Yellow Headed Parrots. ASA is very proud to give its support to U.S K9 Law enforcement, please click the link below for more information. This is the first time that infrared cameras and human recognition software have been used to monitor a park’s boundary for conservation and anti-poaching efforts. The decision was taken on the 21st of October to put Diego to sleep after progressive bone Cancer and liver failure. InvictusK9 trains dogs to fight elephant poaching. The Ichikowitz Foundation will be donating two Pangolin detection dogs which will be deployed at places of entry in South Africa e.g. The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers and people who are making a change in their community. And while ranger positions do provide jobs, much of the motivation among students stems from a commitment to conservation and the desire to protect rhinos. Gilbert Arevalo (author) from Hacienda Heights, California on … The forest harbour's up to 400 species of birds. High-speed tracking dogs have been a game-changer in the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa. ASA Master trainer Daryll Pleasants has been asked to attend the HITS 2020 K9 Conference this year as one of their K9 Experts giving the instructional class   'An introduction to combat tracking'. ASA RECOGNISED WITH AWARD FOR CONSERVATION, ASA trained Arms/Ammunition detection dog 'Drum' was deployed to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on the 26th March 2019 where he will be assisting in the prevention of wildlife crime. After the success of Ngwenya, the first dog to be introduced into the Kruger National Park, everyone began to see the impact that properly trained dogs and handlers could have in anti-poaching teams. Their success depends on their ability to work … In Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, which is affected by the rising threat of poaching, we have setup our first anti-poaching dog units including the two German shepherds Samy and Roxy. VETPAW is a group of post 9/11 US veterans with combat skills who are committed to protecting and training park rangers to combat poaching on the ground in Africa. Yet given the intensity of rhinoceros poaching in the region, the milestone is as surprising as it is tragic. He had faithfully served the conservancy since 2013 and will be missed by all on the anti poaching team. But often the man-dog pairs were unable … Skilled Dogs Trained From Birth To Stop Poachers. Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 27, 2017: Oddly I did not know this, but it sure makes sense. However this critical habitat has lost over  40% of its canopy in the last 50 years due to illegal logging, mining and slash and burn agriculture. High-speed tracking dogs have been a game-changer in the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa. He has joined triple role dog 'Diego' who was also trained by ASA. He had faithfully served the conservancy since 2013 and will be missed by all on the anti poaching team. "These guys fight.". The training of eight dog teams and an Instructor lasted three months and culminated in June this year with the successful operational pass-out of handlers and dogs. ports and borders, and in the wild for monitoring and research purposes Of all the teams, the real game-changer has been the "high-speed" tracking dogs, says de Kock. We are pleased to announce that on the 2nd September 2019 Animals Saving Animals was recognised by the Prime Minister's daily Points of Light awards, in recognition of outstanding service to conservation. David Fuchs ASA is very proud to give its support to U.S K9 Law enforcement. ", Since their debut in 2012, K-9 units have fast become an integral part of South Africa's counter-poaching operations, playing a role in 80 percent of poacher apprehensions. Dogs have been introduced to anti-poaching units and are proving extremely successful in their contribution to decreases in rhino poaching. Despite the risks of the work, young South Africans are still stepping up to become rangers. Showing ASA Anti-Poaching puppy 'Savas' undergoing helicopter training with Saxon Air in Norfolk prior to his departure to Botswana. Certain breeds are used for different tasks, says the college's K-9 manager, Johan van Straaten. Look out for us in the December 2018 issues of 'your dog' magazine' and 'World of Animals' and the February/July 2019 issues of 'Dogs Monthly' These articles highlight the work of ASA and the positive affect anti-poaching dogs are having on wildlife crime in Africa. All seven chicks survived captive. Animals Saving Animals in partnership with FCD has successfully trained and deployed the first tracker dog called 'Sara' to work in the Chiquibul National Park, in the Maya Mountains, Belize’s largest protected area. Note. Sudan, World's Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies. This is much faster than conventional tracking methods. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to some of the most endangered wildlife in the world and, in 2013 with poaching threats on the rise, the park established an anti-poaching dog unit consisting mainly of a special breed of dog known as a Malinois. Meet the eye of the storm! In Kenya, anti-poaching dogs are wildlife's best friends. Of primary importance is learning how to properly care for the dogs: medicating against ticks and fleas, vaccinating, feeding them high quality, nutritious food, and keeping them healthy and hydrated. K9 Killer is a Belgian Malinois dog that works with the Kruger National Park's Special Operations team to prevent rhinoceros poachers in South Africa.On 6 January 2016, he was awarded a PDSA Gold Medal for his anti-poaching work. £1,000 – Training of dog handlers in Africa. In addition to this is the growing illegal wildlife trade through poaching, targeting high value species, including Scarlet Macaw chicks and Yellow Headed Parrots. From the 24th to 28th July 2019 Animals Saving Animals attended the Big Cat Sanctuary open days giving twice daily demonstrations in the main arena. He was recently featured on both the BBC  Newsround and BBC News programmes. Firstly, to track and if necessary apprehend those committing illegal activities within the park and secondly, in a search and rescue role tasked with locating lost or injured tourists. The four dogs at Waterberg are trained to search buildings, vehicles, luggage and open areas for firearms, ammunition and illegal wildlife products such as ivory, rhino horn, pangolin scales and bush meat. Lethabo Makhuba, 27, grew up in the Limpopo province just west of Kruger National Park. Firstly, to track and if necessary apprehend those. For security reasons, the park service will not disclose how many canine units currently operate in the parks system, but does report that the dogs now assist in 80 percent of arrests — a figure that earns them distinction as "the most significant technology currently in the anti-poaching campaign," according to South African National Parks spokesperson Isaac Phaahla. Ruben de Kock has been training South Africa's park rangers for over two decades — but last month was the first time one of his former students was killed on the job. In 2007, 13 rhinos were killed by poachers. Those anti-poaching dogs certainly help rangers hunt for ivory hunters in a dangerous world. Their role to provide anti-poaching support to three national parks in the province of Assam including Kaziranga National park. hide caption. No matter the breed, he says the most important qualification is that "the dogs have it in their DNA to track. Held in Scottsdale, Arizona from the 6th - 9th July 2021. The Big Cat Sanctuary is set in the heart of the countryside in Kent and offers peace and tranquillity providing peaceful conditions  for the successful breeding of the beautiful but endangered cats both large and small within the European Endangered Species Programme. Anti - Poaching Dogs Dogs 4 Wildlife aim to offer, educationally supported, fully operational Anti Poaching dogs and training to conservancies and National Parks in need across Africa and the world. De Kock says the team has been so effective in poacher apprehensions that the college has had to take additional security measures to protect the dogs from potential poacher attacks. When we talk of conservation and the penultimate survival of species, it is generally looked at … Since their debut in 2012, K-9 units have fast become an integral part of South Africa's counter-poaching operations, playing a role in 80 percent of poacher apprehensions. "There is often a fear of dogs, and shepherds with pointy ears are regarded as scary while floppy ears, like a spaniel, look less aggressive. Malinois, Labradors and spaniels comprise the detection team, sniffing out illicit materials — like elephant tusks, rhino horns and pangolins — during vehicle searches and poacher apprehensions. ASA in partnership with Earthrace Conservation will shortly be deploying its first tracker dog to the Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica. hide caption. Rekari will be deployed in Febuary 2021 and his training will have weekly updates you can follow on the ASA and the Ol Pejeta FB pages, In 2019 ASA approached Earthrace offering the assistance of a tracker dog and handler training to help further enhance their current security strategies with the park. Tasked with carrying out handler training for their seven dog teams and certifying the detection role after an intensive course all dog teams successfully passed. The anti-poaching work of Bushlife Conservancy – the project Nick runs – is complex and dangerous, training armed national park rangers to protect the animals, and keeping rangers mobile via boats and jeeps to track wild animals. ' The introduction of ASA's Anti Poaching Dogs has been monumental in the reduction of poaching at Mkomazi National Park.' Bryce Clemence H.O.S Save Valley Conservancy Our personal protection K9’s rate among the top working dogs in the world. But one of the most effective is strikingly low-tech: dogs. Find out more "They don't respond like the guys did 20 years ago by dropping their firearms, raising their arms, and going, 'Oh sorry, you've got me,'" he says. Following almost two-and-a-half months of intensive training led by the program’s director, Will Powell, the new canine handlers and 10 ivory detection dogs will supplement anti-poaching efforts on the ground. One of these tools is the deployment of anti-poaching dogs which offer a combination of detection, tracking and apprehension capabilities. and are due to be shortly released back into the wild. The breed is known for its hardiness in extreme conditions, its intelligence, high energy and speed. I would like to subscribe to Science X Newsletter. However this critical habitat has lost over  40% of its canopy in the last 50 years due to illegal logging, mining and slash and burn agriculture. This is a specialized unit of pack dogs trained to run down poachers in the bush, while rangers follow from above in helicopters. Some reports cite the dogs as contributing to last year's 24 percent drop in rhino poaching in Kruger National Park, typically a poaching hot spot due to its size — more than 7,500 square miles — and roughly 8,000 rhinos, the largest population of any South African national park. The units are deployed into Rhino bearing areas of Assam under the direction of the forestry department to assist in the prevention and intervention of wildlife crime. Dogs are able to follow scent rather than footprints, which allows anti-poaching units to sprint on the follow and release attack dogs on poaching suspects. RUSTENBURG, South Africa -- Venom and Killer. They then went on to undergo further operational training under the watch eye of Border Force and are now operational. Animals Saving Animals is please to introduce 'Rekari' He is a 2 year old Dutch herder who has just commenced training to fill the huge hole left by the passing of 'Diego' at the Ol Pejeta, . The HITS K9 conference is the united states largest K9 Law enforcement seminar with over 1000 dog teams expected to be in attendance. Founded in July 2016 'Animals Saving Animals' works along side conservation organisations to assist in the prevention of wildlife crime through providing specialist Anti-Poaching Dogs and handler training to conservancies and national parks throughout the world. ' The dogs were flown in as part a new counter-poaching unit at the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC). Four dogs being trained to detect cash/Tobacco and the remaining four to detect Narcotics. Animals Saving returned to India in November 2019 to spent 5 days training the 'Aaranyak' dog units. We talked to Jay Crafter from InvictusK9, who trained the dogs, their handlers and prepared them for action. The anti-poaching teams used individual dogs (bloodhounds and Malinois) on leads to track humans. Private and state anti-poaching units, community patrols and on-going engagement with government agencies are in place. They are all passive and were trained in people scanning, Vehicles, Indoor/Outdoor Areas, Baggage and freight. Rekari will be deployed in Febuary 2021 and his training will have weekly updates you can follow on the ASA and the Ol Pejeta FB pages. One morning an update on their page stopped me cold. In 2019 ASA approached Earthrace offering the assistance of a tracker dog and handler training to help further enhance their current security strategies with the park. Johan van Straaten, shown above with his dog, Lola, is the lead dog trainer at Southern African Wildlife College. activities within the park and secondly, in a search and rescue role tasked with locating lost or injured tourists. Animals Saving Animals was recently featured on channel 5's 'Our new Puppy' series 4 Episode 4. The decision was taken on the 21st of October to put Diego to sleep after, bone Cancer and liver failure. The forest provides critical habitat for countless rare and endangered species, such as the white lipped peccary, tapir, scarlet macaw, howler monkey and five species of cats including the Jaguar. hide caption. The goal of the Foundation is to saturate areas they support with well-trained anti-poaching dogs who have proved to be very effective in reducing poaching. The introduction of ASA's Anti Poaching Dogs has been monumental in the reduction of p, '                                  We believe the introduction of the Dogs to be a huge force multiplier, Bryce Clemence H.O.S Save Valley Conservancy, 'The dog unit has already had success in responding to attacks, and trained dogs with handlers will be moving into new areas of the northern rangelands this year', 'The addition of these rhino protection dogs to our, monitoring teams will greatly improve our ability to keep Botswana's rhino safe', 'Meet the dogs helping to protect some of the worlds rarest species', Meet the eye of the storm! ANTI - POACHING DOGS Educationally supported, fully operational Anti Poaching dogs and training to conservancies and National Parts in need across Africa and the world. Your name. Johannesburg, South Africa (2 March 2020) – This week on Inside Africa, CNN International meets the dedicated canine unit on the frontlines of the fight to protect wildlife. Thanks for the information. African rhinos include the near-threatened white rhino and critically endangered black rhino species. AARANYAK DOG UNIT, GUWAHATI The dogs seen here are raised, nurtured by Aaranyak, a leading wildlife NGO based in Guwahati with support from Germany’s Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union. Please visit www.animalssavinganimals.org today to keep Bandit’s legacy alive! The escalating aggression of poachers — who are widely reported to be connected to criminal syndicates in Asia, where rhino horn, valued for its purported medicinal qualities, trades on the black market for tens of thousands of dollars per pound — means rangers face greater risks in the field, says de Kock, who oversees ranger training at South Africa's Southern African Wildlife College. He has joined triple role dog. Co-founded in September 2010 by photographer Nick Brandt, conservationist Richard Bonham, and entrepreneur Tom Hill, Big Life was the first organization in East Africa to establish coordinated cross-border anti-poaching operations. Ian Walton/Getty Images ASA recently returned in January to conduct an apprehension handler course and further K9 tactical training. She fears a similar fate is in store for South Africa's rhinos if counter-poaching efforts fall short. Texan Black-and-Tan Coonhounds, Belgian Malinois, Foxhounds and Blue Ticks are among the dogs trained to “benefit required counter-poaching initiatives.” These anti-poaching tasks include free tracking, incursion, detection, patrol, and apprehension. Says Ichikowitz: “These days, almost all big reserves have a … In April 2018 Animals Saving Animals were contracted under a European Union funded project to establish and train an eight dog/handler anti-trafficking & detection dog section for the Customs Service in Malta. A rhinoceros in South Africa's Kruger National Park in 2013. At the wildlife college run by De Kock, 700 candidates applied for 120 seats after a government program supplied funding for ranger training in 2011. They have a fantastic sense of smell and are extremely quick. Home to roughly 80 percent of the world's rhino population, South Africa has seen poaching explode over the past decade. Their success depends on their ability to work as a team, which means they sleep and eat in the pack-sized enclosures shown above. Early last year, a Facebook page caught my eye: the group, Pit-Track, is an anti-poaching unit that utilises dogs to protect wild species. These are members of a furry breed of anti-poaching operatives, dogs that can detect a whiff of hidden rhino horn in a … He was recently featured on both the BBC  Newsround and BBC News programmes. We empower veterans because their skills learned on the frontlines of war are unrivaled. Yet, the introduction of anti-poaching dogs has made a real difference to poaching levels. Read more below. K9s are able to locate poachers and apprehend suspects. Nearly all the students' fees are paid by the government — and half the country's 450 rangers are alumni. Amos Mizmba is the owner of K9 Killer. Click on the link below to read more about our demonstrations and see them perform live at the BCS Open days in July 2021 as unfortunately due the the Covid19 pandemic the 2020 open days have been cancelled with extra days being added to next years timetable. 'An introduction to combat tracking' is designed to instruct established K9 handler teams in new training methods streamlining their tracking techniques towards an operational tactical role. The K-9 unit dogs span several breeds. David Fuchs Learn more. Their success depends on their ability to work as a team, which means they sleep and eat in the pack-sized enclosures shown above. Doberman-bloodhound mixes are the "on-line trackers," part of a specialized team that works with human handlers to track down poachers in the park. ASA was honoured to have been nominated for this award and has gratefully accepted this on behalf of all who are involved with Animals Saving Animals. Seeing the northern white rhinos reach the brink of extinction earlier this year was what finally pushed her to enlist, she tells NPR. Canine units were introduced into South African national parks in 2012. Your email. Part 2: Anti-poaching efforts, going to the dogs 11/19/2017 11:07 pm ET Updated Dec 04, 2017 Peter Chira, AWF Canine handlers from Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya demonstrate how sniffer dogs locate wildlife contraband during a learning exchange at AWF headquarters, Nairobi. You can support the training of anti-poaching dogs by donating to raise funds to provide Mkomazi with another future star in honour of Bandit. All seven chicks survived captive rearing and are due to be shortly released back into the wild. The July 19 incident, in which 34-year-old Respect Mathebula died in a shootout, marks the first instance in 50 years of a ranger being killed by poachers in Kruger National Park. The episode was filmed in 2019, Savas was deployed in July and is doing well in his new Anti-Poaching role. To combat rhino poaching, rangers have a bevy of sophisticated resources at their command, ranging from thermal-imaging cameras to aircraft. We were recently informed by FCD that after only one week into the 2020 Anti Poaching Strategy one poacher and seven Scarlet Macaw chicks were captured. THE Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism's N$260 000 investment in a canine unit to aid anti-poaching efforts is bearing fruit as the dogs have made 66 finds since the unit became AN Anti Poaching Dog Adopt an anti poaching dog today Become a Dogs 4 Wildlife adopter today, and you will be helping to support the ongoing welfare and training implications of an operational anti poaching dog, protecting against wildlife crime, and conserving endangered species. Your friend's email. Animals Saving Animals in partnership with FCD has successfully trained and deployed the first tracker dog called 'Sara' to work in the Chiquibul National Park, in the Maya Mountains, Belize’s largest protected area. A pack of anti-poaching dogs from Texas have apprehended their first poaching suspect in South Africa. In a world first, specialist anti-poaching dogs are being trained to work with Pangolins. 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