WHY IT MATTERS
Illegal poaching in Africa is at an all-time high, with elephants and rhinoceros the most popular targets for well-funded, well-trained, and well-equipped poachers motivated by a lucrative illegal wildlife trade. The poaching of rhinos has increased nearly 3,000% since 2007; demand for ivory is also ever climbing. If poaching does not stop, these species could become extinct within our lifetime.
African Wildlife Foundation has provided funding to Kenya Wildlife Service to supplement its existing Canine Detection Unit, which is small due to resource constraints. These trained dogs and their handlers boast a 90% accuracy in detecting rhino horn or elephant ivory hidden in luggage and shipments at airports and seaports. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is, therefore, purchasing additional puppies that will then be trained for service in its Canine Detection Units.