*Identifying details withheld to protect dogs and handlers.
This agent is relentless.SEE AGENT REPORT →
This agent’s focus is unwavering.SEE AGENT REPORT →
Our Canines for Conservation program is a powerful defense in the fight 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.LEARN MORE
We need even more canine heroes urgently!
Illegal wildlife trafficking generates:
Up to $19 billion per year
8% of population poached per year — an unsustainable rate
About 5,000 individuals remain — down from an estimated 100,000 in 1960
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.
A dog’s nose can detect scents up to 100,000 times better than a human’s.
Sniffer dogs are fast and efficient. At [redacted] Airport in [redacted], they search about 700,000 pieces of cargo every day.
Canines for Conservation is responsible for 90% of the larger ivory busts made by all agencies in [redacted].
WELL TRAINED DOGS ARE...
- ACCURATE, EFFICIENT, & FAST
- A POWERFUL DETERRENT TO POACHERS & TRAFFICKERS
- AN ELEPHANT’S BEST FRIEND
The Super Sleuth
Canine ID#: 00135
Pointer x Vizsla
Don’t be fooled by his 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.
These dogs not only detect ivory and rhino horn, they’re also sniffing out other wildlife contraband including pangolin scales, live tortoises, and bushmeat.
The Master Inspector
Canine ID#: 00041
German Shorthaired Pointer
The agent works tirelessly, and her methods are relentless. No matter how carefully poachers think they’ve hidden their contraband, she’ll be sure to get to it — and alert authorities at [redacted] immediately!
Since the program was established in 2014, the dogs are responsible for almost 300 busts. Around that same period, AWF’s law enforcement trainings have raised conviction rates from about 45% to more than 90%.
Canine ID#: 00025
This tough guy from Holland secretly loves hugs — but he likes to keep that from poachers who fear his spot-on instinct and drive!
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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AWF’s Canines for Conservation program catches traffickers, stops poachers, and helps stabilize and grow vulnerable wildlife populations. Wildlife authorities across several African countries have requested AWF-trained sniffer dogs.You can help us meet the demand by making a gift today. DONATE NOW