central asia

anti-trafficking

Program

LOCATION:  Kyrgyz Republic, Asia 

DOG: Local Customs Authority detection dogs

PURPOSE:  To intercept wildlife contraband along Kyrgyzstan's borders

TARGET SCENTS: Confidential for K9 team safety

PARTNER/CLIENT: Panthera & Kyrgyz Customs Authority

central asia

anti-trafficking

program

These dogs have since helped law enforcement confiscate wildlife parts and products, muzzle loaders, AK-47s, snares, ammunition, and gunpowder. Guns are rare in the region, and are often shared by multiple poachers, so removing even a single firearm from circulation can have a significant impact.  

Our dogs have found poaching contraband that law enforcement would never have discovered without them, such as gun parts concealed in the thatched roof of a hut, or, incredibly, a tiny primer cap (used to fire a muzzle loader) that was placed in a matchbox, hidden inside a suitcase, and buried among bags and parcels in a tightly packed van. Searches like these often happen along roads or in villages, when many bystanders are watching, which adds to the dogs’ deterrence value.

WD4C continues to provide consultation, support, and maintenance training to the Zambia team to ensure that the dogs remain eager, efficient and effective in their work.

snow leopards are poached every week

 

at least 4

In Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz Republic, WD4C is partnering with Panthera to cross-train Kyrgyrz Customs Authority narcotics detection dogs on wildlife contraband. The K9 teams are currently intercepting four heavily-trafficked Asian species, and all are ready to expand their repertoires to include other trafficked wildlife products.  

In addition to on-site dog training, we are sharing our expertise with the human members of the canine customs program.

Knowledge of best practices and most current science will help the Customs Authority expand their searches to include trafficked wildlife, increase their detection rates for both narcotics and wildlife contraband, and improve their methods for dog training, handling, and care.

Ongoing maintenance training and evaluation will be provided through both remote and on-site visits.

 

In addition to on-site dog training, we are sharing our expertise with the human members of the canine customs program.

Knowledge of best practices and most current science will help the Customs Authority expand their searches to include trafficked wildlife, increase their detection rates for both narcotics and wildlife contraband, and improve their methods for dog training, handling, and care.

Ongoing maintenance training and evaluation will be provided through both remote and on-site visits.

In Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz Republic, WD4C is partnering with Panthera to cross-train Kyrgyrz Customs Authority narcotics detection dogs on wildlife contraband. The K9 teams are currently intercepting four heavily-trafficked Asian species, and all are ready to expand their repertoires to include other trafficked wildlife products.