On our last day at @singita_, we had the privilege of visiting one of their newer efforts: the K9 Anti-Poaching Unit.
Working in tandem with a kill-shelter in Montana, @workingdogsforconservation, these bright-eyed and bushy-tailed security officers were rescued and brought over to Tanzania, and are trained to detect a variety of different scents. They track everything from illegal bush meat to ivory, ammunition, and other highly-trafficked contraband.
We witnessed the dogs run through both detection training and air-scent tracking. It was incredible to see these four-legged recruits at work, and even more so to see the strong bond they’ve developed with their handlers, none who had ever had any experience with dogs prior to this project.
Featured here is Radar, a Belgian Malinois mix, waiting for his squeaky toy reward after successfully tracking down a pretend poacher.