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Sunday, 21 August 2016   /   published in Rangers, Rescue, South Africa

Tracker dogs help save rhinos

At the South African Wildlife College Dog Unit, they train dog breeds like Belgian Melanois, German Short-Haired Pointers and Fox Hounds to help tackle poaching. The dedication and care given to the dogs is extraordinary.

These dogs follow a spoor through difficult terrain amazingly quickly. For instance, three Fox Hounds ran a spoor trail of about two kilometers in six minutes! The dog handler took half an hour to lay the trail. Clearly, this is a huge game changer in the war against poaching.