*Identifying details withheld to protect dogs and handlers.

Our Canines for Conservation program is a powerful weapon in the war against poaching. These highly trained dogs have been deployed to sniff out wildlife contraband, track poachers, and catch traffickers — and the arrests and convictions are piling up.

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THE NEED FOR MORE CANINE HEROES IS URGENT!

ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING GENERATES:

$19 BILLION/YEAR

SPECIES:

ELEPHANTS

KEY FACT:

8% of population poached per year — an unsustainable rate

SPECIES:

BLACK RHINOS

KEY FACT:

About 5,000 — down from an estimated 100,000 in 1960

SPECIES:

PANGOLINS

KEY FACT:

The world's most trafficked animal

  • Highly trained and expertly handled, our sniffer dogs are deployed in airports, seaports, and at border checkpoints to detect wildlife contraband.
  • Our dogs are also working in the field, tracking poachers from their kill sites directly to their hideouts.

KEY FACT:

A dog’s nose can detect scents up to 100,000 times better than a human’s.

KEY FACT:

Sniffer dogs are fast and efficient. At [redacted] Airport in [redacted], they search 700,000+ pieces of cargo every day.

KEY FACT:

Wildlife crime conviction rates have risen to 91% in 2017 from only 44% in 2013 in [redacted] as a result of canines working in tandem with AWF’s law enforcement trainings.

WELL TRAINED DOGS ARE...

  • INCORRUPTIBLE
  • ACCURATE, EFFICIENT, & FAST
  • A POWERFUL DETERRENT TO POACHERS & TRAFFICKERS
  • AN ELEPHANT’S BEST FRIEND
AWF NEEDS YOUR HELP TO EXPAND CANINES FOR CONSERVATION SO WE CAN RECRUIT, TRAIN, AND DEPLOY MORE SNIFFER DOGS.
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CODE NAME:

THE SUPER TRACKER

Canine ID#: 00135

BREED:

GERMAN SHEPHERD

AGE:

2 YEARS

IN FIELD:

1 YEAR

FACT:

This German Shepherd working in [redacted] National Park, may be the best tracking dog in all of Africa. He once tracked down a poacher from a scent trail that was 7 days old!

FIELD LOCATION:

NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS:

These dogs not only detect ivory and rhino horn, they’re also sniffing out other wildlife contraband including pangolin scales, live tortoises, and bushmeat.

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CODE NAME:

THE WIZARD

Canine ID#: 00041

BREED:

GERMAN SHEPHERD

AGE:

3 YEARS

IN FIELD:

2 YEARS

FACT:

This agent is feared by poachers in the [redacted] region because of his uncanny ability to track a poacher from the field all the way to their hideout with impeccable accuracy.

FIELD LOCATION:

NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS:

Since the program was established in 2015, the dogs are responsible for more than 200 busts. Over that same period, AWF’s law enforcement trainings have raised conviction rates from about 45% to more than 90%.

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CODE NAME:

THE DETECTOR

Canine ID#: 00025

BREED:

SPRINGER SPANIEL

AGE:

5 YEARS

IN FIELD:

3 YEARS

FACT:

This little spaniel deftly runs across luggage conveyor belts in the [redacted] Airport in [redacted] to sniff out wildlife contraband. No matter how well hidden, she finds it instantaneously.

FIELD LOCATION:

NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS:

Sniffer dogs check luggage at airports, cargo at seaports, and cars at checkpoints — with a 90% accuracy rate. They can detect contraband hidden in a car in less than 12 seconds and hidden in luggage in less than 2 seconds.

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Poaching and wildlife trafficking are threatening the survival of elephants, rhinos and pangolins — that’s why we must deploy more canine heroes. You can help.