The Southern African Wildlife College‘s K9 Unit was established in 2015, supported by the WWF Nedbank Green Trust, as a result of increasing demand for well-trained dogs and handlers to help combat wildlife crime. Further assistance generously provided by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) helps support the unit’s increasing running costs.
The introduction of these specially trained dogs into the counter poaching arsenal has proved to be highly effective, both as tracking dogs with handlers and as free-running packs with the ability to track and apprehend.
Within one week of landing in South Africa, the unit’s newest arrivals, free-running pack dogs from Texas, had apprehended their first suspect in the field.
“They are a force multiplier, which allows field rangers to be more effective when trying to combat wildlife crime.As their successes increase, so do the risks they face. This is why the College needs ongoing support, most immediately for security upgrades for these valuable, hard working dogs,” notes CEO, Theresa Sowry.
R120 000 or US9 000 will build these valuable dogs new, secure kennels.
Help build secure kennels for the SAWC's K9 unit
R120 000 or US9 000 will build these valuable dogs new, secure kennels.Donate towards secure kennels here!