They have saved 45 rhinos from ‘p.o.aching’!
Brave dogs and brave animal guardians!
Animals protecting other animals against the sic.kness and wic.ke.dness of mankind.
Although there is no proof that rhino horn has the.rape.utic benefits, some people’s naive conviction has led to a sharp decline in the population of this po.or animal.
Nearly 80% of the rhinos in the world are found in South Africa. However, during the previous ten years, more than 8,000 rhinos have been [lo.st to poa.chers], making the nation the one most [se.verely af.fec.ted].
594 rhinos were [po.ac.hed] nationwide in 2019, according to a report from the Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries on February 3. Despite this, the po.ach.ing rate has fallen for five years in a row; in fact, it even peaked in 2014 at 1,215 rhinos.
At the Greater Kruger National Park campus of the South African Wildlife College. Since February 2018, a pack of dogs has been developed and trained to safeguard South Africa’s wildlife, and they have saved 45 rhinos from po.ac.hing.
Those engaged in conservation on the front lines shared their inspiring tales.
Precious Malapane and Robynne Wasas, two dog trainers who work with the “K9 unit fast reaction” squad talk about training the anti-po.ac.hing canines. Before starting to work at 18 months old, the dogs receive training from birth and learn how to manage all the pressures of real operation. Dogs trained to tra.ck, penetrate, identify, patrol, and seize con.tra.band inc.lude Texan Black Terriers, Belgian Malinois, Fox Terriers, and Blue Ticks.
Every effort is made to deter po.ac.hing of end.ang.ered animals.
Using both free-range and off-le.ash tr.ack.ing dogs, it is known that the success rate is roughly 68 percent, as opposed to 3-5 percent without dogs. In 2018, dogs saved 45 rhinos from [po.ac.hers].
Thus, the project is assisting in ensuring the continued existence of southern Africa’s diverse wildlife, especially the thre.atened rhinos.
What a great idea, both dogs and po.ac.hers get exercise lol and the wildlife gets protected. Also day or night doesn’t stop a dog from tracking a po.ac.her.
Each of those dogs deserve a medal and hope they got some reconition.
These dogs are Heroes!!!