Sniffer Dogs Are Saving Elephants
We’re facing a rapid decline in the African elephant population, seeing as how between 30,000 and 50,000 elephants are killed every year. Conservationists are now looking at alternative methods of preserving these vulnerable beasts – they are implementing ivory-sniffing dogs who are trained to detect ivory being transported.
The AWF is trying to establish something like a university for dogs in Africa where they are trained and according to Kathleen Garrigan, a spokeswoman for AWF: “cradled to maturity, instead of simply training dogs and ‘gifting’ them to governments and groups.”
Dogs adapt extremely well, and therefore can be trained in nearly all sorts of temperature and for long periods throughout the day. The aim is to find poachers, and keep them on their toes.