TANZANIA

anti-trafficking Program

LOCATION:  Mara Region, Tanzania, Africa

DOGS:  Radar, Popo, DJ, & Tony

PURPOSE:  To protect the wildlife of the Serengeti from poaching and trafficking

TARGET SCENTS: Ivory, rhino horn, bushmeat, skins, ammunition, gunpowder, & guns

PARTNER/CLIENT:  Singita-Grumeti Fund & Tanzania Wildlife Authority (TAWA)

The Serengeti Plain is the most magnificent grazing ecosystem on Earth. It is home to more than 3 million animals, including elephants, a precious and recovering rhino population, and a host of animals that are vulnerable to poacher’s snares, including lion, leopard, buffalo, hyena, zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe.

In partnership with the Singita Grumeti Fund (SGF), WD4C has created a canine law enforcement unit in the western portion of the Serengeti ecosystem. The canine unit will complement SGF’s existing scout patrol camps and twenty-four hour observation posts by searching for contraband and tracking poachers. The dogs will also have a powerful deterrent effect as poachers learn the animals will increase their chances of being found and arrested.

The four dogs on site -- Tony, DJ, Radar, and Popo -- are all rescues, but this ragtag bunch is getting used to their luxurious new kennels, bonding deeply with their handlers, and are ready to work tirelessly and happily to protect the Serengeti’s unparalled wildlife.

200,000

the number of animals

poached every year

in the serengeti

The Serengeti Plain is the most magnificent grazing ecosystem on Earth. It is home to more than 2 million animals, including elephants, a precious and recovering rhino population, and a host of animals that are vulnerable to poacher’s snares, including lion, leopard, buffalo, hyena, zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe.​

In partnership with the Singita Grumeti Fund (SGF), WD4C has created a canine law enforcement unit in the western portion of the Serengeti ecosystem. The canine unit will complement SGF’s existing scout patrol camps and twenty-four hour observation posts by searching for contraband and tracking poachers. The dogs will also have a powerful deterrent effect as poachers learn the animals will increase their chances of being found and arrested.

The four dogs on site -- Tony, DJ, Radar, and Popo -- are all rescues, but this ragtag bunch is getting used to their luxurious new kennels, bonding deeply with their handlers, and are ready to work tirelessly and happily to protect the Serengeti’s unparalled wildlife.

tanzania

anti-trafficking

program