Beagles and bloodhounds have been trained to protect endangered rhinos from poachers

Beagles and bloodhounds have been trained to protect endangered rhinos from poachers

   Supertrooper  NewsWildlife

A dog pack has been taught to protect South Africa’s wildlife, and they have already saved 45 rhinos from poaching.

There are numerous dog breeds to choose from. Before beginning to work at 18 months old, the dogs undergo training from birth and learn how to handle all – the pressures of real operations.

Sean Viljoen, a 29-year-old photographer from Cape Town, South Africa, released photos of the dogs in action at the Southern African Wildlife College in Greater Kruger National Park. He owns the Conservation Film Company, a production company dedicated to telling the tales of those working on the front lines of conservation and sharing their stories of hope.

Johan van Straaten, who is a K9 Master at the college, said: ‘The data we collect for this applied learning project aimed at informing best practice, shows we have prevented approximately 45 rhino being killed since the free tracking dogs became operational in February 2018.

focusingonwildlife.com

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