In 2020, we are proudly supporting the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) and their pioneering Orphans’ Project. In our ‘In Focus’ series we provide our readers with regular conservation updates.

CANINE UNIT

With the illegal wildlife trade estimated to be worth $20 billion, our charity partner the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust continues to work hard alongside the Kenya Wildlife Service to stop it. The Canine Unit detects poacher’s tracks and illegal wildlife products. 

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Using four specially selected dogs, chosen for their stamina and tracking ability, the Canine Unit helps to deter potential poachers, in addition to responding to wildlife crime incidents. Using their incredible sense of smell, the dogs are trained to track wildlife offenders, detecting illegal items such as bushmeat and ivory or even equipment theft.

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Each dog handler is well trained to understand the dog’s body movements, picking up on potential issues nearby. With this extra intel, the Unit can stay at a safe distance, and alert the necessary teams to move in and manage the issue.

IMAGE COURTESY OF SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST

Each dog handler is well trained to understand the dog’s body movements, picking up on potential issues nearby. With this extra intel, the Unit can stay at a safe distance, and alert the necessary teams to move in and manage the issue.

IMAGE COURTESY OF SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST

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