Dogs to help curb rhino poaching

2012-07-14 13:30

Johannesburg - Dogs have joined the mission to stop rhino poaching around the country, The Citizen reported on Saturday.

Three highly trained pedigree dogs will be set out into the Pilanesberg, Kruger National Park and a third undisclosed Eastern Cape park on Sunday to help rangers capture rhino poachers.

"These are not your ordinarily trained sniffer dogs but dogs who had a bush approach," Stop Rhino Poaching founder Elsie Daffue told The Citizen. The dogs will spend the next few days familiarising themselves with the animals and the bush with their rangers.

"Being out in the bush and with their trainers around them would help the dogs to adapt. Each park has also constructed specially built kennels for their protection, as they would be exposed to poisonous snakes," Daffue was quoted as saying.

According to the paper, the foundation spent around R4 700 on military training for the dogs at the Mechem Training Centre in Tshwane. The animals would not be given any bulletproof gear but would rely on their trainers and their instincts for survival.

Three trusted rangers had been allocated to work with the dogs. "They had undergone nine week of training with their dogs in order to become their handlers," Daffue told the paper.

South Africa has seen a surge in the number of rhino poaching incidents.

More than 270 rhinos had been slaughtered for their horns so far this year. Rhino horn is used to make traditional medicine, which is mainly consumed in Asia.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-14 14:03

    I hope this is a success. Dogs do such a wonderful job sniffing out other areas of crime,that Im sure they will do an amziing job! Well done to the trainers and three cheers for our four legged friends!

  • delish7564 - 2012-07-14 14:04

    Hopefully this will have some effect........we have to stop this poaching ASAP before it's too late!

  • Hermann - 2012-07-14 14:12

    What welcome news - the Dogs of War are here!!

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-14 14:20

    great news! now lets start catching the bastards. kill them off one by one until they are extinct.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-14 14:24

      Il have a bells to that!!!!

  • ambauli - 2012-07-14 15:19

    What is all this effort for? Let the Rhinos go extinct, that'll stop the poaching.

      Jane Warrington - 2012-07-14 15:27


      ambauli - 2012-07-14 15:32

      How am I an idiot Jane? The Rhino's continued existence is costing money, time and people's lives. What adverse reaction will the extinction of Rhinos have?

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-14 16:04

      I bet you believe in global warming to

      ambauli - 2012-07-14 16:09

      Is that directed at me or jane?

      KallieHungBal - 2012-07-14 16:15


      ambauli - 2012-07-14 16:16

      @Xavier - don't be an idiot, we couldn't kill the planet if we wanted to.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-14 16:18

      Why dont you become extinct!

      ambauli - 2012-07-14 16:33

      @Xavier - I didn't call you an idiot, I said don't be one. And by subscribing to that tired internet cliche of 'anyone who doesn't agree with me = troll' you arn't helping your case.

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-14 16:42

      You ambali. After all you believe in animals dying out why not our whole planet

      ambauli - 2012-07-14 17:02

      @cassandra - of course I believe in global warming. The world's been getting warmer since the ice age, we're just accelerated it

      Adil Smit - 2012-07-14 22:31

      Tourists come to SA, wanting to see the BIG 5, soon they'll rather visit other Countries for that -? Namibia/ Botswana.

      sfortmann1 - 2012-07-17 12:53

      Ambauli, you have my permission to poach a rhino, just so you can suck a giant D!!K

  • Jane Warrington - 2012-07-14 15:26

    Great news and I hope it will be a huge success. But only 3 dogs? Surely we need more like 30 ? Or is this just a trial run?

  • KallieHungBal - 2012-07-14 15:38

    Now man's best friend becomes rhino's best friend.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-14 16:00

    anbauli - i am surprised you know how to write! you are so STUPID. Rhinos are not wasting anything, you are wasting our oxygen!

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-14 16:20

      Ambaul: Correct-all extinctions are thanks to morons like you!

      ambauli - 2012-07-14 16:29

      No shirley, you drooling dolt, extinctions are caused by organisms not being able to keep up with a changing ecosystem.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-14 16:05

    god save us from STUPID people like ambauli!!!

      leijn.tissink - 2012-07-14 16:13

      .... and Akhunga the chimpanzees

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-14 16:28

    pity your kind is not extinct

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-14 16:36

    your death will be nothing. go play with yourself in traffic.

  • James Cussen - 2012-07-14 19:58

    Ambuali should have the dogs set on him. What an ignorant moron.

  • gghtssmop - 2012-07-14 20:23

    If you give a dog meat, it will stop and sniff or eat the meat- poor strategy from the authorities!!

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-07-15 03:30

    That stockpile of horns is worth a fortune, sell and use money for more protection etc.. Flood the market from stockpile to depreciate value of horns thus not worth the hunt and so reduce poaching. ne.

  • olivia.duplessis.1 - 2012-07-17 13:17

    Why no bulletproof gear. They are protecting one of the big five but not worthy of bulletproof gear??? Because they are dogs they are of lesser value than a Rhino. I am a Peta, Fur Free, Safe the Seals of Nam supporter as well as many other foundations. Protect the dogs and make sure they are ok like they are doing for our horned friends.

  • olivia.duplessis.1 - 2012-07-17 13:18

    Ambauli, the Rhinos brings thousands of tourists to SA and pays for jobs and helps put food on the table for many employed in this field. It's because of uneducated thinking like this that SA is in the mess it is in.

  • olivia.duplessis.1 - 2012-07-17 13:21

    Adil, tourists that visit Namibia are uneducated. Since 15 July 85000+ baby seals are slaughtered for their fur by the Namibian government to supply a Turkish businessman with the pelts to make fur coats. 6000 male bulls are killed for their genitals shot at point blank range in the face so that it can be used in aphrodisiacs in Asia that does not work (proven scientafically). They also plan to export their wildlife to Cuba, housing them in crates for months before the export. Since when is that animal welfare at heart?

  • gideon.leroux.9 - 2012-07-17 15:53

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