Wild animals are being hunted on a massive scale. Millions of animals from different species worldwide are being captured or killed from their habitat. Elephants and rhinos, including smaller creatures such as lizards and monkeys, are becoming endangered due to poaching. Luckily, authorities have found ways to help resolve the problem.
The reason why these majestic and charismatic animals are being hunted or captured is that poachers sell them for money. Sometimes they are sold locally or internationally.
Animals such as reptiles, birds, and primates are often captured alive to be sold as exotic pets while others such as the African elephants are killed for their ivory tusks. The African elephant’s population has dwindled all over the years – in fact to almost half their original count in just a few years.
Finally, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania appealed to the world about poaching in their country. He said that their country’s game rangers often become overwhelmed with the magnitude of poaching. Sadly, they are not well-equipped to stop well-armed poachers who are unfortunately funded by influential organizations.
It seems poaching is a problem no one can stop until the African Wildlife Foundation stepped in. AWF partnered with authorities from 18 countries with a program to train dogs and handlers to fight against poaching and the trafficking of illegal wildlife.
A Tanzanian canine specialist organization has been slated to produce and train dogs as canine detection units at ports and borders. These dogs will be prepared to sniff and detect contraband – which happens to be a dog’s expertise. The group trains dogs to recognize by identifying rhino horns and elephant tusks that are being smuggled through various countries.
These dogs, along with their trainers, will be deployed to large ports in the participating countries.
Isn’t it amazing how dogs are helping authorities stop poaching? Way to go our furry friends.
Source I Love Dogs And Puppies via Woofipedia