It is often difficult to catch elephant and rhino poachers unless they were caught in the act of killing. Training dogs to track poachers and even come to the defense of animals is helping to change that.
“Our dogs have tracked elephant poachers for up to eight hours at a time or more, through extreme conditions—heat, rain, wetlands, mountains—and still turned up results,” Damien Bell, director of the conservation group Big Life Tanzania, told National Geographic.
The National Geographic article also features a fascinating short video about the ways dogs, drones and other interventions are helping to protect rhinos in Kenya.
- In Africa, Tracker Dogs Join War Against Elephant Poachers – National Geographic