Our dogs can sniff out everything from dry ivory carved into jewelry to full tusks to small amounts of ivory dust.
In seconds, a dog’s mannerisms change to alert his handler to rhino horn hidden in tiny boxes or huge cargo loads.
Our trained canines are also detecting everything from pangolin scales to live tortoises.
OUR FIRST GRADUATING CLASS OF CANINE DETECTION UNITS HAS ALREADY MADE 20 FINDS OF ILLEGAL WILDLIFE PRODUCTS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF 2016.
WE RECENTLY UNCOVERED PANGOLIN SCALES IN THE LUGGAGE OF A TRAVELER GOING FROM NIGERIA TO CHINA.
THE VISIBILITY OF OUR DOGS AND HANDLERS IN SOME OF AFRICA’S MAJOR TRAFFICKING HUBS DETERS CRIMINALS BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY WILL BE CAUGHT AND PUNISHED.
AWF is already training the next class of canine detection units – and these teams are quickly proving that if you try to sell wildlife contraband, you will get caught. Help us put more energetic dogs in the field who want to protect Africa’s wildlife.