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Rhino Dog Squad Programme - 2015

A further project of the Organization Save the Rhino International, which is supported by rhino’s energy in the second half of 2015, deals with the “Rhino Dog Squad Teams”. Made up of handler and dog teams, the Rhino Dog Squad plays a vital role in protecting rhinos across four wildlife conservancies in Kenya.

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In the last three years almost 10% of Kenya’s rhinos have been killed by poachers. There are huge threats facing Kenyan rhinos driven by the increasing demand for illegal rhino horn in some countries in East Asia. The Rhino Dog Squad team, found in Ol Jogi, Ol Pejeta, Lewa and Borana Conservancies, are comprised of handlers and Bloodhounds and Belgian Malinois (who are known for their track, scent and attack skills). The tracker dogs have an incredible sense of smell and can cover huge distances over difficult terrain. Handlers will find a footprint, obtain a scent and the dog can follow that scent for 24 to 48 hours. The scent dogs are trained to detect illegal substances such as rhino horn, guns or ammunition then deployed at checkpoints or roadblocks to search vehicles and property. The dog and handler teams have also been useful in protecting other endangered wildlife such as elephants, cheetahs and lions. In addition, they have been used to find missing children and help solve crimes including the theft of livestock from surrounding communities.

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rhino’s energy is supporting the campaign by paying for essential equipment such as dog collars, binoculars and veterinary care.

For further information about this programme please have a look at the following link: