*Identifying details withheld to protect dogs and handlers.

In the fight to end poaching, a dog is an elephant’s best friend! Through our Canines for Conservation program, we’ve unleashed these brave heroes to sniff out the most well-concealed wildlife contraband and track traffickers in notorious poaching hotspots. But it’s a dangerous job, and their identities must remain a secret. Meet the special agents who risk their lives to hound poachers and traffickers.

THE POACHING CRISIS

We need even more canine heroes urgently!

Illegal wildlife trafficking generates:

Up to $19 billion per year

Species:

Elephants

Key Fact:

8% of population poached per year — an unsustainable rate

Species:

Black Rhinos

Key Fact:

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

Species:

Pangolins

Key Fact:

The world’s most trafficked mammal

  • 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 about 700,000 pieces of cargo every day.

Key Fact:

Canines for Conservation is responsible for 90% of the larger ivory busts made by all agencies in [redacted].

WELL TRAINED DOGS ARE...

  • INCORRUPTIBLE
  • ACCURATE, EFFICIENT, & FAST
  • A POWERFUL DETERRENT TO POACHERS & TRAFFICKERS
  • AN ELEPHANT’S BEST FRIEND

Our special canine units work tirelessly to keep poachers and traffickers at bay — ready to meet our heroes?

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Code Name:

The Super Sleuth

Canine ID#: 00127

Breed:

German Shepard

Age:

6 Years

In Field:

[Redacted]

Fact:

Don’t be fooled by her happy-go-lucky playful antics. This agent’s sharp focus on sniffing out contraband has made many poachers in the [redacted] region fearful of him.

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.

Code Name:

The Ace Investigator

Canine ID#: 00145

Breed:

Springer Spaniel

Age:

6 YEARS

In Field:

[Redacted]

FACT:

This agent is a complete sweetheart after work hours — but on the job she’s nothing but business. Her methods are relentless. No matter how carefully poachers think they’ve hidden their contraband, she’ll be sure to jump to it — and alert authorities at [redacted] immediately!

Field Location:

NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS:

Since the program was established in 2014, the dogs are responsible for nearly 400 busts. Around that same period, AWF’s law enforcement trainings have raised conviction rates from about 45% to more than 90%.

Code Name:

The Steadfast Sniffer

Canine ID#: 00030

Breed:

Malinois

Age:

7 YEARS

In Field:

[Redacted]

FACT:

This tough guy from Holland secretly loves hugs — but he likes to keep that from poachers who fear his spot-on instinct and drive!

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 mere seconds.

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Unleash our canine heroes!

The pandemic has given poachers a chance to do their worst — but our canine units are out sniffing out these criminals even during COVID-19. Your support will help us unleash the next unit of sniffer dogs.