Rhino Dog Squad appeal
Meet the Rhino Dog Squad - the rhinos' new best friends
Made up of handler and dog teams, the Rhino Dog Squad plays a vital role in protecting rhinos across four wildlife conservancies in Kenya; Ol Jogi, Ol Pejeta, Lewa and Borana Conservancies.
The Rhino Dog Squad needs your help. With the rhino poaching threat increasing, it is important that the rhino conservancies have well equipped and well-trained dog units needed to stay one step ahead of the poachers.
The two breeds used are Bloodhounds and Belgian Malinois because of their track, scent and attack stills.
- Tracker dogs have an incredible sense of smell and can cover huge distances over difficult terrain. Handlers can find one footprint, obtain a scent and give it to the dog, which then follows the scent for up to 24-28 hours
- Scent dogs can be trained to detect illegal substances such as rhino horn, guns or ammunition. They can be deployed at checkpoints or roadblocks and can search vehicles and property
-Attack dogs are trained to bite and hold would-be or actual poachers, in order to disable the gun-holding arm so that handlers can safely apprehend and arrest suspects. These dogs help protect handlers and are a good deterrent to illegal activity
Donations will help train more dogs and their handlers, provide important veterinary care, buy dog equipment such as collars, handler equipment such as binoculars, dog food and handler rations, veterinary care, animal husbandry equipment and much more.