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Anti-Poaching Dogs Protect Kenya’s Endangered Wildlife

Anti-Poaching Dogs Protect Kenya’s Endangered Wildlife


COMM: In the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a special breed of dog is being used to protect the
park’s elephants and rhinos from dangerous poaching threats. The conservancy is home
to the world’s last remaining three northern white rhinos, 113 critically endangered black
rhinos and a number of herds of endangered elephants. But help is on the way from the
park’s team of specially trained dogs, who have been helping to ward off poachers and
keep the park’s animal population safe. Malinois dogs have been tasked with this mission. COMM: They are known for their
intelligence, energy and speed. STEPHEN: My name is Stephen. I’m the section decoy and here we have Sarah. Sarah is a search
dog. She is the best in the work of search. She normally searches ammunition, that is
guns, explosives and we love her because she is perfect at what she does. YOLANDE KRUGER: I’m hiding a bullet from the tracking dog. And now what they are going
to do is give us a live demonstration on the tracking skills of the dogs and we’re going
to see if he or she can actually find the bullet. COMM: Sarah uses her incredible sense of smell to sniff out the target. She sits down when
she’s discovered the decoy, having been trained not to approach in case of danger. COMM: But these dogs don’t just use their keen sense of smell to track things down.
They are also trained to ward off poachers, using attack dogs such as Quake, who’s been
trained to immobilise and detain intruders. STEPHEN: I’m wearing my body armour to go and get attacked by Quake. STEPHEN: Although this is my job and I love it. STEPHEN: Wish me luck, guys. PEOPLE: Good luck! COMM: Malinois can run at speeds of over 35mph and have a powerful jaw strength to bite trespassers. STEPHEN: Quake is an asset dog. We use him when we are, our team is in patrol. That’s
his job to bite the poachers. So once the handler gives commands to the poacher while
he is trying to run away and the poacher doesn’t stop, the handler releases the dog and the
command. STEPHEN: So, just in case the poacher stops running, it’s not advisable according to
Kenyan law to release the dog, but if he keeps on running, that’s when we give a go for
the dog to be released. That’s what I do, I’m the decoy, I’ve been trained to do
that and when our dogs are that perfect, I love my job and I love doing it. COMM: Thanks to these enthusiastic and highly skilled canines, the park’s endangered animals
are increasingly safer against poachers.

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  2. I dont understand poachers. If they are so desperately seeking payment from acquiring these ivory tusks and what not then why not let the nearly extinct animals they are hunting reproduce a bit so maybe one day it wouldn't be illegal to kill them. Why hunt them to extinction, they'll be no more of the poachers precious ivory and they'll be out of the job

  3. Great video! But why do they have chains, i get the fact that they are really strong and can pull , but I feel so sorry for them, they are well trained and have an amazing life, so I think they deserve something that wont hurt or anything. This was just what I thought, and I am no Animal master so don't hate.

  4. Incorrect! Those dogs are Dutch Shepherds. The Belgian Mal/Shep has a completely different coat. The Dutch, Beligan, and German Shepherds are all cousin breeds. I'm a trainer so just wanted to correct the journalist.

  5. I have the utmost respect and admiration for these guys and the dogs who work so hard to protect wildlife from horrific suffering and cruelty. Working dogs are a great tool for stopping poaching!

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