Lonely Planet Writer

Dogs to join the anti-poaching fight in South Africa

Wild rhino's in South Africa.
Wild rhino’s in South Africa. Image by StormSignal / CC BY-SA 2.0

The government of South Africa is now training an army of dogs to help with the fight against rhino poachers. More than a thousand rhinos have already been killed in the country this year, up from 122 in 2009 and 333 in 2010. It’s thought that well-trained dogs, who can speedily track poachers by smell, will prove to be more successful than human trackers who rely on eyesight alone. South Africa currently has around 20,000 wild rhinos, which is roughly 80% of the world’s population. Read more: independent.co.uk