SANParks Honorary Rangers

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Dear IDS, The K9 national project manages all canine related honorary ranger activity in our national parks. Poaching in our national parks remains a major conservation challenge in South Africa. The K9 anti-poaching unit is considered a game changer in the conservation of our wildlife and has resulted in positive results in the anti poaching initiatives.

Well trained dogs such as Bloodhound Doberman cross, Belgian Shepards or Malinois are perfectly suited  to track poachers in the field and detect firearms, ammunition and wildlife products that enter and exit through the park gates. These remarkable dogs  can follow hours – old scent over vast distances.

Tracker dogs are deployed by helicopter or vehicle and operate throughout the park. Since the inception of the K9 unit in 2012  the number of dogs has grown from 3 to 60. Due to the success in the Kruger Natuonal Park the project has extended to other national parks with a total of 75 dogs now working across the country.

An integral contributor to the success of these units is the support  of the SANParks Honorary Rangers.

We sincerely thank you for  your assistance in securing the dogs and K9 unit. At least we can all sleep a little better now knowing that the systems you installed definitely adds another level of protection for the dogs. Every donation Park assists in making the K9 Project Watchdog a success. Without the generosity of people like you we would not be able to ensure that the units operate as effectively as they do.

Kind Regards