Poaching in South Africa’s national parks is a scourge and countering it remains a major conservation challenge. Fortunately, the K9 Anti-Poaching Unit has proved to be a game–changer in the Kruger National Park. During 2017, all encounters with poachers that involved dogs resulted in arrests.
The PetLounge is proud to support SANParks K9 in their endeavours to stamp out poaching. We donated 15 canine transport boxes to be used for the various anti-poaching initiatives throughout the Kruger National Park.
Well-trained dogs such as the Bloodhound or Belgian Shepherds breeds are capable of tracking poachers in the field. They can also detect firearms, ammunition and wildlife products entering and exiting through park gates. These remarkable dogs can follow an hours-old scent over impressive distances.
An integral contributor to the success of this unit is the support of the SANParks Honorary Rangers. “When The Petlounge was invited to be part of this vital community initiative we seized the opportunity to help make a difference,” says Muriel Sahd, BidAir Cargo Chief Business Development Officer