POACHING & trafficking

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WD4C is helping K9 teams intercept illicit wildlife products, detect guns and ammunition, track poachers, and protect at-risk animals in six countries on three continents.

Our anti-trafficking programs began in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley. During our work monitoring lion, cheetah, and wild dogs, we saw the victims of poaching firsthand: elephants shot for ivory, rhinos killed for their horns, and countless animals caught in vicious snares. We knew our dogs could help.

We trained them to detect guns, gunpowder, ammunition, ivory, rhino horn, bushmeat, and pangolin scales. Their impact helping authorities find wildlife contraband and confiscate weapons was immediate -- but we knew they were capable of even more. So we added tracking to their repertoire; in addition to locating poachers, the dogs now help scouts find and protect Zambia’s only rhinos.

From Luangwa we expanded to the Malawi border, where we intercept contraband that is often smuggled across this route, and then to Tanzania, where our dogs are now working to protect the unparalleled wildlife of the Serengeti.

But we didn’t stop there: we provide expert training and consultation to customs authorities in Central Asia to help them interrupt the flow of illicit wildlife products. In Washington State, the destination for many African poaching products, we are training dogs to detect contraband in closed shipping containers and in parcels sent by major carriers.

No matter where in the world our dogs work, we monitor their health and well-being closely, and retain the right to bring a dog home at any time, for any reason. WD4C dogs remain a part of our pack for life, and if they are ever hurt, lose interest, or find themselves ready to retire, we have a soft couch waiting for them.

WD4C is helping K9 teams intercept illicit wildlife products, detect guns and ammunition, track poachers, and protect at-risk animals in six countries on three continents.

Our anti-trafficking programs began in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley. During our work monitoring lion, cheetah, and wild dogs, we saw the victims of 

poaching firsthand: elephants shot for ivory, rhinos killed for their horns, and countless animals caught in vicious snares. We knew our dogs could help.

We trained them to detect guns, gunpowder, ammunition, ivory, rhino horn, bushmeat, and pangolin scales. Their impact helping authorities find wildlife contraband and confiscate weapons was immediate -- but we knew they were capable of even more. So we added tracking to their repertoire; in addition to locating poachers, the dogs now help scouts find and protect Zambia’s only rhinos.

From Luangwa we expanded to the Malawi border, where we intercept contraband that is often smuggled across this route, and then to Tanzania, where our dogs are now working to protect the unparalleled wildlife of the Serengeti.

But we didn’t stop there: we provide expert training and consultation to customs authorities in Central Asia to help them interrupt  the flow of illicit wildlife products. In Washington State, the destination for many African poaching products, we are training dogs to detect contraband in closed shipping containers and in parcels sent by major carriers.

No matter where in the world our dogs work, we monitor their health and well-being closely, and retain the right to bring a dog home at any time, for any reason. WD4C dogs remain a part of our pack for life, and if they are ever hurt, lose interest, or find themselves ready to retire, we have a soft couch waiting for them.