A dog named “VOLVO” helps save elephants

Volvo. Flex. Thor. Asja. Lennon. Enrico. Do these names ring a bell? They’re sniffer dogs – a pack of superheroes fighting to save Africa’s wildlife.

These dogs and their friends are part of AWF’s Canines for Conservation program. They can detect scents about 100,000 times better than humans. The result: Since the program launched in 2014, our highly trained squad of dog-handler teams have detected over 560 finds of wildlife contraband – ivory, rhino horn, pangolin scales, and more…

Tail wagging and nose working, they sniff through thousands of packages a day and cover dozens of miles to identify wildlife contraband. Nothing makes a sniffer dog happier than detecting a “find.”

By following the scent of wildlife products, these heroic dogs sniff out contraband in major ports. Since the program’s inception, detection dogs working in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda have recovered more than 5,000 kg of raw ivory being trafficked…

That’s just one trafficking arrest of many, thanks to our heroic teams. And the best part? Every time there’s an arrest, poachers get the message: if you traffic wildlife, you’ll get caught. Period.

Visit their website, The AFRICAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION. Yes, of course, it’s a fundraising site. You will learn a bit more about why they’re someone deserving our support.

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