K9 units have been described as a poaching deterrent and a game changer in combating poaching in Africa.
Chipembere Rhino Foundation’s K9 project has made a significant contribution to this sector of anti-poaching and the support structures that need to be in place to keep a successful K9 team operational.
To curb the Rhino poaching, private and state anti-poaching units, community patrols and ongoing engagement with government agencies are key to successful anti-poaching strategies. Trained tracking and apprehension dogs used throughout Africa have shown to contribute significantly in curbing poaching through early detection and/or apprehension. Chipembere Rhino Foundation’s goal is through funding to saturate strategic areas they support with well trained anti-poaching dogs.
Donor funding is used to purchase and train specialised dogs along with training accredited K9 handlers. Ongoing support is provided for the dogs food, equipment, vet bills and medical insurance. Chipembere Rhino Foundation ensures the construction of comfortable kennel enclosures and specialised K9 kennels for vehicles is provided for all K9’s donated.